of the Plains Indian / Native American Indian


North American Buffalo / Bison

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

Painted, Beaded / Decorated Buffalo Skull

Painted buffalo skull with figures of the eagle, turtle, sun and moon. Painted with clay earth pigment paints. Deer skin, brain tanned bison skin


decorated buffalo skull
painted buffalo skull

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


Decorated Plains Indian Buffalo Skull

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.

contemporart buffalo skull
Contemporary art piece with some traditional Plains Indian elements

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