The native American tribes of North America led seemingly simple lives. They existed on a more day to day basis than a person from more modern millenia can comprehend fully. While it is true that the Sioux, Cherokee and Comanche dealt with more danger every day than a contemporary man or woman has to, one can only imagine benefits of their existence also. It was a more simple life, with urgent needs and time enough to requite them, but it was also a time lived in symbiosis with the earth. The Native Americans, among other tribal peoples, were able to see the connection and cycles that they had with the land. They were born, took and gave from the earth, and then died and were returned there.
They treated their connection with the earth as sacred, and so were very keen to garb the most common connection with it (their feet) appropriately. This led to a dual-purpose of the moccasin: a functional one that needed to be weather resistant, lightweight and comfortable, but also a ceremonial functionality, with beads and adornments to represent different spirits and connections with the ground on which they trod. The moccasins were so important to the culture that even when other modern clothing was introduced to them and was adopted due to its utilitarian nature, many American Indians still wore moccasins in an effort to keep a special bond with the heritage and connection to the earth.
Fast forward to modern society, and the culture seems to be set completely at odds with the simple way of life found in bygone eras. Complications and situations abound to confuse issues beyond a simple link with the ground and while the imminent danger is gone, many people still feel at a loss without a firm grounding, because it is too easy to be blinded by distraction. Perhaps in answer to this need, the moccasin is making a welcome return to the scene. Moccasins are being rediscovered for the same properties for which they were originally used: they are still comfortable and durable, but they also provide a sense of grounding and connection that can be missing in today's world.