Monthly Archives: October 2016

Native American Breastplates: More than Just Physical Protection

Native American Breastplates: More than Just Physical Protection

Worn by Plains warriors for hundreds of years, breastplates are made from a variety of materials including bone hair-pipe, deer hide and glass beads. Originally used as protection against arrows and spears in battle, breastplates continued to by worn by Native Americans in battle even after bullets were introduced and they no longer provided physical… Continue Reading

The Importance of Feathers in Native American Culture

The Importance of Feathers in Native American Culture

Depicted in jewelry, used in ceremonies and given as awards, feathers play an important role in Native American culture and spiritual life. Symbols of honor, trust, freedom, wisdom and more, feathers are prized possessions to those who have the honor to receive them. A part of Native American tradition that dates back hundreds of years,… Continue Reading

History of Native American Hide Paintings

History of Native American Hide Paintings

To the Native American people, especially those who lived on the Northern Plains, the buffalo was an important symbol of resourcefulness and an animal that was used for all of its parts. Buffalo hide paintings were an important part of the Plains Indians’ culture, both as a practical item and a decorative ceremonial one. Ornately… Continue Reading