This photograph of Jennie Bobb and her daughter Nellie Longhat from around 1915 show the two women in fancy dress. Their moccasins are traditional Delaware in cut, but show the Prairie influence in the extravagance of the beading.National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, 56928
This photograph of Jennie Bobb and her daughter Nellie Longhat from around 1915 show the two women in fancy dress. Their moccasins are traditional Delaware in cut, but show the Prairie influence in the extravagance of the beading.
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, 56928

Art on the Prairies

Delaware

The traditional Delaware, or Lenape, homeland was located in the woodlands along the East Coast in what is now Delaware and New York. Like most Eastern peoples, they were relocated to the Great Plains during the middle of the 19th century. Delaware women were known for their ribbon work and fine beading. Once settled in Oklahoma, the women continued to use their traditional patterns for making moccasins. However, they were increasingly influenced by the Prairie-style beadwork, as evidenced by the increase of an undulating design outlined in white beads.
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