Trouble Down South Art Challenge
Painting No. 2
Native American Moccasin
I am still working with the Native American theme for my second painting in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I want to explore several aspects of Native American culture such as their clothing, footwear, food, and weaponry. Above is a painting of a Native American moccasin.
The NativeTech: Native American Technology and Art website describes the moccasin in these terms: “Even though moccasin construction techniques are similar among many tribes, the beaded or quilled decorations were often quite distinctive. Woodland moccasins were often decorated, usually in floral or zoomorphic designs, on the instep or tongue portion, woodland decoration did not usually cover the sides of the moccasin. The flap or added cuff around the ankle was also often decorated, or worn upright and held in place by thongs wrapped around the ankle. A separate beaded or quilled piece of velvet or leather was sometimes sewn on top of the cuff or tongue portion. These decorated panels could be easily removed from the moccasins when the soles wore out, and sewn onto a new pair” ( NativeTech: Native American Technology and Art ).
The Native American Moccasin painting was inspired by a poem I wrote titled “Revolt in the Cherokee Nation” that is included in my collection of short stories in Trouble Down South and Other Stories. “Revolt in the Cherokee Nation” is a poem briefly chronicling the incident in which African-American slaves revolt against the Native-American slaveholders in the Cherokee Nation.
Prints are available for purchase of the painting “Native American Moccasin.” Prints are available in sizes 8 x 10, 11 x 14, and 16 x 20 inches (unframed). Email Katrina Williams at stepartdesigns at hotmail dot com for prices.
I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories. View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.
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