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Warfare in
the Americas

Buffalo robe

Length: 220.000 cm

AOA 917

Buffalo robe

From: Canada or the USA (Blackfoot)
Date: before AD 1868

Plains Indian men like the Blackfoot wore buffalo hides like this one as robes. They painted their warlike deeds onto them. The owner of this robe is shown dressed in a yellow shirt with a war-bonnet on his head. Can you find him eight times on the painting? He is capturing a woman, firing arrows from behind a wounded horse, and holding four scalps from defeated enemies.

Men gained honour from brave deeds in war, including striking or killing enemies, being wounded, capturing horses and taking scalps.