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Pack saddles had multiple purposes within the tribe. This pack saddle could be used transporting buffalo back to the tribe. They were able to haul more meat efficiency with the use of horses. This pack saddle dates back to the 19th century

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Plains Indian Museum

Plains 566
wood 4438 hide 1074 bone 151 sinew 620 metal 3340
pack saddle 9
19th century
L: 17 in, H: 8.25 in, album width: 15 in
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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
Two rounded pieces of bone (?) attached to front and rear of two wooden side slats by means of thick-knotted sinew and rawhide, appears to be buffalo. Two holes at each 4 corners has a rawhide strap attached with hide string. On either side, the rawhide straps are connected by a circular metal ring. Underneath wood slats on either side is a large sheet of rawhide sewn on with hide through two holes at each end. One hide strap appears to be a contemporary replacement with commercial hide. 2 of the hide strings are also contemporary commercial hide restorations.
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