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These reins were used to maneuver horses A way of transportation to getting to the buffalo and running them. 4 pieces of hide were used( Buffalo Hide typically). This particular item dates to the 20th century.

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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Plains 566
Descriptions
tanned hide 570
Names
Hide straps
Date:
early 20th century
Dimensions:
width: .5 in, L: 260 in, width: .25 in, L: 54 in, width: .375 in, L: 72 in, width: 1.5 in, L: 14 in
Credit Line:
The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe
Remarks:
Four hide straps or ropes, horse gear. One long piece may be rigging rope; three smaller straps for unidentified use on saddles, packs, or bridles.
Accession Number:
NA.403.268

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