Examples of Plains Indian Shields

American Indian shield, war shields dance shields, medicine shields, 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.

Chief Little Rock Cheyenne Shield

Chief Little Rock shield (Cheyenne) ca. 1860/ 1868 made for Fort Sill Museum, Oklahoma

hard thick rawhide shield, brain tanned buffalo, brass bells, various feathers, earth clay paints, corn husks, etc.

 

PLAINS INDIAN WAR SHIELDS

There were various types of shields used by the Plains Indian. 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.

 

Here is a shield cover made of brain tanned buffalo and hard shield made from thick 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.

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

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

Rain In The Face
Plains Indian Sheild
Sioux shield

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

elk rawhide | hand made wooden hoop

Rain in the Face (SIOUX) replica shield from b & w photograph above
Plains Indian shield
Native American shield
Black War Bonnet ca 1863
Replica museum SIOUX brain tan buffalo soft cover featuring either human or horse hair, otter and coyote fur. Painted with earth pigment paints. Hard thick rawhide shield
Crow shield
Buffalo hump shield
Hard thick rawhide shield featuring a bear - painted with clay paints, beads, Eagle fluffs, hide glue, sinew, etc.
American Indian shield
Plains Indian shield
Thick Rawhide Shield
Crow shield replica - circa mid 19th century (with human hair locks) - New Orleans Museum, Louisiana

Four Directions ca. 1873

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

DRAGONFLY
Repro 1877

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