Cheyenne Beaded Buffalo Hide Moccasins, From an Estate in Sinking Springs, Ohio

sinew-sewn on buffalo hide coated in blue pigment; geometric beaded design on the vamps and beaded lane along the sole, in colors of light blue, cobalt, red white-heart, greasy yellow, and white, length 10.5 in.
fourth quarter 19th century 

According to Chief R. Deerfoot's obituary (1871-1959), he was a "noted evangelist" who claims Cherokee descent, was a Major during World War I, and was "said to have been the first Indian to pilot an airplane for the government." In addition to his military service, he "devoted his life to evangelical work all over the world." Despite his supposed military and evangelical notoriety, recorded in an article in The Tennessean, dated Feb. 19, 1948, Deerfoot was "placed under a suspended six year sentence for practicing medicine without a license in Rossville, Georgia" and "promised to vanish from the Georgia scene."  He is buried in the Arlington Memorial Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Provenance:From an Estate in Sinking Springs, Ohio; Collected by "Chief" R. Deerfoot (1871-1959)

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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