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Plains Indian / Native American Indian


The North American Bison (Buffalo) is probably the most revered animal to the Plains Indian and other tribes within North America. Tatanka provided abundance in the form of food, clothing, medicine, tools and shelter. Also, as important, this includes the physical and spiritual needs of the people that were dependant on the Buffalo. The skull was used for sacred ceremonies, serving as conduits for prayers to Wakan Tanka. Skulls were also placed outside of lodges, offering information about the dwellers inside as well as protecting them.Today, Tatanka continues to be an important symbol to Native American tribes who still perform sacred ceremonies and utilize the skull and its meaning to protect their lodge and offer prayers to Wakan Tanka.
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Painted buffalo skull with figures of the eagle, turtle, sun and moon. Painted with clay earth pigment paints. Deer skin & brain tanned bison skin

This painted and beaded Buffalo Skull was featured in NATIVE PEOPLES magazine - March/April 2008 (RETURN OF THE BUFFALO NATION)

painted, beaded / decorated buffalo skull

Paintwork, lazy stitch beadwork, glass beads, turquoise, smoked deer skin, tin cones

painted / decorated buffalo skull

contemporary painted buffalo skull

Contemporary art piece with some traditional Plains Indian elements

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beaded buffalo

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