The Southwest

A dry, rocky landscape with desert-like vegetation made it necessary for most Natives of this region to irrigate the fields for crops. They raised sheep and goats, built permanent pueblos (villages), and developed their crafts.

Other groups had a different solution for living off this inhospitable land. They became expert hunters and warriors, and raided neighbouring groups for food and horses.

For conservation reasons, and in order to show more variety over time, only a selection of footwear from the permanent collection is displayed in our exhibitions at any one time. This means there's always something new to see.

image of North American Indian footwear from the Southwest region