The Moccasins

In partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum, Carolyn and her team were given special access to the late Sonja Bata’s private collection of moccasin footwear, which happens to be the world’s largest circumpolar collection and the largest collection of moccasins from Turtle Island.

Through the support of renown artist Phil Cote, four moccasins were selected that linguistically represent First Nations in Ontario historically, as reflected in Treaty relationships: the Anishinaabe, the Huron Wendat, the Seneca and the Cree.

From there, the moccasins were hand drawn by Phil Cote and then transferred into stencils that could be used by people of all ages, as a fun, interactive and educational experience through which to ground their learnings and to reflect on their treaty relationship and responsibilities.

Seneca Mocassin

Date: 1850-1900

Culture: Amerind, Woodland
Tribe: Haudenosaunee

Research, Artist and Design by Philip Cote

Seneca live throughout the United States and Ontario today.

Anishnaabe Mocassin

Date: 1700-1799

Culture: Amerind, Woodland
Tribe: Anishnaabe

Research, Artist and Design by Philip Cote

Anishnaabe live throughout Ontario today.

Wendat Mocassin

Huron Mocassin

Date: 1830

Culture: Amerind, Woodland
Tribe: Huron

Research, Artist and Design by Philip Cote

Huron-Wendat live in Eastern Ontario and Quebec today.

Cree Mocassin

Date: 1830

Culture: Anishinaabe
Tribe: Cree

Research, Artist and Design by Philip Cote

Cree live in Northern Ontario today.

The Bata Shoe Museum remains an ongoing and supportive partner to the Moccasin Identifier to this day.