This is the right-foot moccasin from pair of child's moccasins that have been constructed with a rawhide sole and a buckskin upper. The ankle flap has a serated upper edge and is sewn on separately. The ankle manufactured from one piece of buckskin. A leather lace is strung through a slit in the ankle. The tongue is sewn on separately and the top edge has a ragged edge.
On March 16, 2015 during a NAGPRA collections review, designated tribal representatives from the three Ute tribes informed History Colorado staff that these moccasins most likely belonged to a female (probably a girl because of the small size), as indicated by the higher ankle flaps, which were designed for additional protection. Tribal representatives also noted the segmented design of the beadwork around the edges of the moccasins. This segmented design is typical of Ute design.
10/20/11 S. Goff: Accession record indicates one moccasin was cleaned, which may be the reason for the difference in color. Also, record describes this as U-shaped central figure and border.