The 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.

Painted Deer Hide
The Return - Painted Deer Hide
Warriors are shown returning from battle with several rider-less horses, which implies that the horses' owners had been either killed or captured.
ROB20 - Painted Robe - The Return....$ 1,935.00

Painted Elk Hide.
Protectors - Painted Wapiti Hide
This scene depicts the Sioux protecting their village, the people, and their horses from their enemy, the Crow Indians. The Crow were identified by the knot of hair in front. The Sioux traditionally wore their hair loose or in two braids.
ROB21 - Painted Robe - Protectors.... $ 2,450.00


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