Examples of Plains Indian Shields

American Indian shields, war shield, dance shield, medicine shield, etc.
Shields used by Native American Indians in battle and also decorated with anything that would add power to the wearer. A shield was very important in that it would sometimes be the first thing an enemy would see and it needed to be very powerful to frighten off anyone that would do harm.

Cheyenne Shield

Based on CHIEF LITTLE ROCK's SHEILD (Cheyenne) ca. 1860/ 1868

made for Fort Sill Museum, Oklahoma

hard shield made of thick raw hide, brain tanned buffalo, brass bells, various feathers, earth clay paints, corn husks, etc.

Plains Indian Soft Cover / hard shield

Soft cover (brain tanned buffalo) with hard rawhide shield

Based on an original Plains shield that can be seen at the Buffalo Bill - Center of the West Museum in WyomingPlains Indian shield

Sioux shield

Inspired by Rain in the Face's (Lakota Sioux) shield cover (left), Hard thick rawhide shield based on a Hidatsa museum shield

shield cover made of brain tanned buffalo and hard shield made from buffalo rawhide

This shield is based the shield cover is based on a museum replica Oglala Sioux shield but have incorporated the clients personal medicine on the shield and shield cover.


There were many types of shields used by the Plains Indian. Among them, there was the shield made from the hump or the rump of the buffalo and then covered with a soft skin shield cover, or the other type of shield made of buffalo rawhide but supported with a handmade wooden hoop.

Shield with handmade wooden hoop

hard thick raw hide shield with buffalo or deer skin cover


medicine shields | war shields | dance shields


Sioux shield with shield covershield cover ( brain tanned buffalo) based on Rain in the Face's shield, but we have changed the Thunderbird / Eagle as per the clients request & added a few items that the client also wanted on the shield.

Rain In The Face

Rain in the Face (SIOUX) replica shield from b & w photograph above

Lakota shield

Lakota Sioux Thunderbird War shield (based on a museum example)

elk rawhide | hand made wooden hoop

Sioux shield

brain tan buffalo soft cover featuring either human or horse hair, otter and coyote fur. Painted with earth pigment paints. Based on a museum example - Sioux.

Plains Indian shield

Plains buffalo hump / rump shield featuring a bear - painted with clay paints, beads, Eagle fluffs, hide glue, sinew, etc.

Plains Indian Sheild

Black War Bonnet ca 1863

Native American shield

Crow shield

Inspired by a Crow shield - circa mid 19th century (with human hair locks) - New Orleans Museum, Louisiana

Buffalo hump shield

buffalo rump / hump shield

Plains Indian shield

Repro 1877


American Indian shield

Four Directions ca. 1873

hand made wooden hoop, rawhide, trade cloth, deer skin, hawk bells, etc.

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