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Ancestral Pueblo sandal
ca. AD 500
Grand Gulch, San Juan County, Utah
Yucca fiber, plant dye
14 x 26 x 3 cm
Collected by McLoyd and Graham
Mrs. Thea Heye Collection

Shallow, dry caves in Grand Gulch, southeastern Utah, preserve fragile and otherwise perishable objects made by peoples ancestral to Pueblo Indians who first planted corn in the northern Southwest between about 2000 BC and AD 500. This fine sandal, made of twined and dyed yucca-fiber yarn, evidences the maker’s investment of time and skill. Sandals are an Ancestral Pueblo hallmark, important as clothing and perhaps marking social identity.

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