Pair of Dancing Shoes, Zapateados

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Description
This pair of dancing shoes was donated by Martha Gonzalez, the lead singer of Quetzal, a Mexican-American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Known as zapateados, the shoes are worn for Mexican dances that involve stamping and tapping feet against the ground to create rhythm. Purchased in Veracruz, Mexico, the shoes have a unique square toe, which Gonzalez claims is better for dancing. The shoes have a long history of use with significant wear from her performances.
date made
ca 2000
Associated Place
México: Veracruz, Naolinco de Victoria
Physical Description
NA (overall leather)
NA (overall; outside thread)
Measurements
overall: 23 mm x 8.5 mm x 11 mm; 29/32 in x 11/32 in x 7/16 in
ID Number
2014.0139.02
accession number
2014.0139
catalog number
2014.0139.02
Credit Line
Gift of Martha Gonzalez
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Exhibition
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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