Moccasin made using porcupine quills from an unknown maker in the Crow Tribe


Unknown artist from the Crow Tribe

Crow, United States


skin, porcupine quill, beadwork

Moccasin Inspired Activity

A pair of moccasins sparked a connection for Artist Melanie Yazzie to consider the role and importance of having empathy for others, or “walking a mile in someone’s moccasins.”

Does this object spark a lesson idea for your classroom?

  • How could students share memories related to their words?
  • What does it mean to walk in other people’s shoes, and when did you feel like you did that with a friend or family member?