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How was the buffalo
The buffalo robe was a
very important item to the people. It served as tipi covering,
clothing, and bedding. It was also a place to record family history
and special events in their lives. For bedding, it could be used to
lie on, or to cover with.
How was a buffalo robe
As a robe it was worn with
the warm fur on the inside against the body, and the painted side on
the outside. It was traditionally wrapped around the body with the
head end to the left.
What is a winter
A special kind of record
kept on a buffalo robe is the Winter Count. Because the Plains
peoples, like most Native American peoples, did not have a written
language, they depended on the "oral tradition", whereby stories are
passed on from generation to generation through retelling. To help
keep track on important events, they kept a record called a "winter
count, a piece of hide where they painted "pictographs" to represent
an important event from each year.
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