Sioux Moccasin with geometric designs

Moccasin Design Inspired Activity

Sioux Moccasin with geometric designs

Sioux Moccasin

Unknown artist from the Sioux Tribe

Sioux, United States


skin, beadwork

Melanie Yazzie

The artist, Melanie Yazzie, was inspired by the decoration that is significant on moccasins (e.g. flowers) and how that concept could be applied onto new and modern attire.

Does this object spark a lesson idea for your classroom?

  • How can students be inspired by the environment you live in to create floral pieces?
  • What extensions could you make to different content areas through this activity?
  • How could students play with color and meaning in their creations?

TIP: Have students create flowers, shapes or symbols that they feel represent something about themselves and attach to their clothing, shoes or backpack.

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Lesson Plan

Scavenger Hunt for Symbols and Clues

Students will examine the image of Our Lady of the Victory of Málaga and find clues that give information about New World and Old World cultures, then identify how the cultures have collided to make a beautiful new style. Students will relate this to modern melding of cultural influences then organize findings into collaborative cluster maps to visualize their learning and thinking processes.