Painted Hides of the Plains Indians
Men recorded their battle
and hunting exploits on hide robes. Figures
were scattered across the hide and semi-transparent images sometimes
overlapped each other. Narrative hides were often read right
to left, with the protagonist emerging from the right. Allies
are on the right with enemies on the left. Men and horses were
commonly painted, and other popular motifs included footprints,
hoofprints, name glyphs, bullets, and arrows.
Painted hides also commemorate historical events, such as treaty signings.
After 1850, hide painting grew in complexity with finer lines and additional
details added..Introduced technologies influenced hide painting,
and a 19th century Omaha tipi featured steamboats.
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