Buffalo Hunting

This exhibit shows a little insight of Native American Buffalo Hunting. Buffalo were very symbolic to the Natives because they were able to rely on them for survival. It was said that in the early 1800's, over 30 million buffalo roamed the Great Plains. The Plains indians relied on the buffalo for food, shelter, tools and also spiritual guidance. The Buffalo became popular in the Plains Indians religion and also played a major role in ritual and ceremonies. The saying "You are what you eat" really enhanced the relationship between the Natives and the buffalo. In this exhibit, I wanted to portray the importance of Buffalo to the plains indians but also show how they utilized the source. I picked 10 items that Natives used or related to Buffalo and Buffalo Hunting.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Jess Hicks


NA.102.256
Plains | arrows | metal | pi...
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NA.102.269
Cheyenne | bow | arrows | bo...
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NA.702.30
Northern Plains | Hidatsa | ...
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NA.203.758
Plateau | headdress | hide |...
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NA.403.268
Plains | Hide straps | tanne...
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NA.403.228
Plains | pack saddle | metal...
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NA.102.258
Plains | quiver | rawhide | ...
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NA.102.232
Northern Plains | sheath | k...
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1.69.576
hide | feet | calf | buffalo...
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