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Natives used hides for shelter, clothing but also used them for telling stories. This hide in particular shows the tribe hunting buffalo and the process of utilizing what they harvested. Native Americans would illustrate big or special events on these hides to remember the key events This hide dates back to 1875.

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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Hidatsa 19 Northern Plains 1866
Descriptions
porcupine quills 146 buffalo 115 buffalo hide 28 hair 424 pigment 539 tanned 631
Names
buffalo robe 5
Subjects
quirt 2 buffalo 153 rifles 6 Indians 131 capotes hunting 21 saddle 27 horses 184 quiver
Date:
ca. 1875
Dimensions:
L: 88 in, width: 73 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. William L. Cone
Remarks:
Communication and Media of Exchange: Writing and Records. Buffalo hide with hair on one side, painted and decorated on tanned side; hide was split and sewn back together along spine, applique over stitching is a band of purple, yellow and white porcupine quills with 5 quilled medallions in the same colors; painted scene on lower half of robe shows 3 Indians with rifles and wearing capotes on horses hunting 3 buffalo and 1 Indian skinning a buffalo with his gun, quiver and quirt on the ground beside him and 2 horses (1 saddled) in back of him, painting is done in brown, yellow, blue and red.
Accession Number:
NA.702.30

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