Buffalo and Deer - Products for Daily Life
Parfleche containers were usually made of buffalo hide, although horse, elk, moose and, later, cowhide were also used. Hides were staked to the ground, pounded to remove the hair and make them pliable, then painted. The finished skin was cut and folded to make storage bags for food, medicine, clothing, headdresses, personal belongings or sacred materials. The designs painted on the containers were often personal but reflected symbolic imagery commonly used by others in the community.
Introduction | Hunting Methods | Products of Life | Buffalo and Deer Imagery | Buffalo Ritual | Decimation of the Buffalo and Deer | Re-emergence of the Buffalo | Transition to Cattle ranching
Introduction | Buffalo and Deer | Dog and Coyote | Honouring the Horse
SACRED BEINGS | RANCHING | ENTERTAINMENT | RODEO | ARTS AND INDUSTRIES