There is no such thing as a bad experience of peace, right? Peace is a quality that often eludes us, an experience that will happen someday in some far away land… I say forget the someday—let’s bring some peace to our soles right now!
The moccasin is the oldest American shoe design. Native American tribes used varying versions of the moccasin to fit different environments. Moccasins are durable, comfortable, and leave a minimal impact on the land. Harder-soled shoes were common in the western plains and desert areas, while softer-soles were used for travel in wetlands and through pine forests. Tribes could identify one another from the types of moccasins they wore.
Moccasins are linked with Native American wisdom, which is based on the cosmic connection between humans and the Earth. Many Native American teachings include the idea that peace comes from within and is expressed by living in harmony with nature and the spirit world.
“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka [Great Mystery], and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
–Black Elk (Oglala Sioux)