Buffalo Bladder Inflated

Buffalo Bladder Inflated

Buffalo/ Bison  Bladder Inflated

Native Americans historically dried and inflated Buffalo Bladders for use as containers. Native Americans used them to hold water.  They also turned Buffalo Bladders into bags. This photo shows an example of a Buffalo Bladder bag.

Natives also flattened Buffalo Bladders for women to hold their Porcupine Quills for crafting.

Our Buffalo Bladders are a natural product, so each one is unique. You will find them useful for displays and exhibits of items that were used by Native Americans of the Plains.  You can also use Buffalo Bladders to make your own Porcupine Needle Pouch.

Each Bladder measures approx. 8″ long.

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Buffalo Bladder Pouch

Buffalo Bladder Pouch

Buffalo/Bison Bladder Pouch

Our Buffalo Bladder Pouch comes ready to use!  Native American women of the Plains used Buffalo Bladders to hold a variety of things, including their porcupine quills.

Our Buffalo Bladder Pouches are made from natural Buffalo Bladders that have been flattened. Each Pouch has Leather ends and a Leather  ‘pincushion’. The pincushion comes with porky quills already in place!

Each Pouch measures approx. 10″ long.

Buffalo Bladders are a natural product, so expect variations.

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For more information, view the Denver Art Museum leaflet on the Buffalo and the Indian HERE!

Buffalo & Elk Sinew – Real

Buffalo Sinew - Real

Buffalo & Elk Sinew – Real

Real Buffalo Backstrap Sinew. You will find this great for quality craft projects when nylon will just not work.  Elk is similar to Buffalo.  We will offer it as we have it available

Real Sinew is a must for restoration projects.

These Strips vary in width but average 21 to 30″ long.  This is a natural product, so expect variations.

We also offer Real Deer Sinew.

Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

We import our Buffalo Horn Hairpipe from India. The polished natural black horn looks great in chokers, breastplates, necklaces and other items.  Because these are a natural product, the width may vary.

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Amber Hairpipe and Red Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Horn Hairpipe is available in 6 sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 3″
  • 4″

You can purchase Buffalo Horn Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

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Whole Buffalo Tail Braintanned

Buffalo Tail

Buffalo/ Bison  Tail

We offer Whole Braintanned  Buffalo Tail for craft work and utensils.  Native Americans used Buffalo Tails as hair ornaments and fly swatters. In addition, they used tails as decorations for tipi poles and clubs.

Because Buffalo Tails are natural products, they will vary.

Our Buffalo Tails measure approx. 24″ long.

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For more information, view the Denver Art Museum leaflet on the Buffalo and the Indian HERE!

Buffalo Horns Matched Pair

Buffalo Horns Matched Pair

Pair of Buffalo Horns

These natural Buffalo Horns Matched Pair are ready to use for a headdress or display.  Cut and use the horn as material for craft projects.  You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets or a wall display.  A previous owner used these horns.  He or she drilled four holes in each of them.  You will see that some of the holes have cracked.

Each of these Buffalo Horns Matched Pair measure about 8 inches long.   The openings measure about 2.5 inches in diameter.  The end tips are not identical (see photo).  We are selling them in a set, as is.  One of a Kind!

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Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads offer a natural black bead option to your crafting projects.

Use Buffalo Horn Beads for necklaces, chokers, breastplates and more.

Buffalo Horn Beads come in 3 sizes:

  • 6 mm (sold out 2020)
  • 8 mm
  • 10 mm

They have 2 mm holes.  We sell these Beads in packages of 100 beads.

You may also like our natural Bone Beads!

Read More About Style of Beads in our article Beads Used by Native American Crafters

Buffalo Hide –

Buffalo Hide Smoke

Buffalo

Buffalo Hides are heavy and durable. They provide a lot of material to work with! Great for moccasins, bags and projects that can use a heavier hide than deerskin. These hides measure between 20-30 square feet.

Sold by the hide. We currently have Smoke cut hide in stock

If you need help, let us know what you are making and we can help you with your selection (1-800-430-2855).

For more information, view the Denver Art Museum leaflet on the Buffalo and the Indian HERE!

Legend of the White Buffalo Woman

Legend of the White Buffalo Woman

Legend of the White Buffalo Woman

By Paul Goble. Softcover. 32 pgs.

Wonderfully illustrated and well told story Legend of the White Buffalo Woman  retells the Native American Legend of the first Peace Pipe.  Goble includes an overview of The Buffalo Path and the origin of the red colored Pipestone.  He also discusses the meanings of some Native American pipes and their decorative elements.  At the end he mentions Pipestone Quarry in Minnesota.

ISBN9780792265528

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Buffalo Horn Tubes

Buffalo Horn Tubes

Buffalo Horn Tubes

We import our Buffalo Horn Tubes from India.  The Natural Black Horn offer a subtle look to your chokers, jewelry and other Regalia accessories.  Try our Horn Tubes to achieve an older style look to your accessories.

You may also want to try our Bone Tubes.  They come in the same sizes as the Horn Tubes.

We offer Horn Tubes in three popular sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase Horn Tubes in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

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Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo have a long history together. Buffalo, or the American Bison, has played an essential role in the survival and culture of the Native Americans who lived in the Plains region of what is now the United States, and parts of southern Canada.  Buffalo once roamed the Plains in innumerable herds until the middle of the 19th century. Incursions by white settlers and the arrival of the railroad severely depleted the number of Buffalo living on the Plains.  Native Americans use of every part of a Buffalo for food, clothing, tools, fuel and utensils. Continue reading Native Americans and Buffalo

Cedar Flute Buffalo Effigy

Cedar Flute Buffalo Effigy

Buffalo Effigy Cedar Flute

Navajo Flute Maker Jonah Thompson fashions our Buffalo Effigy Cedar Flutes by hand. Each Flute comes with a printed booklet that discusses the significance of the Native American Flute. You will also learn how to play and care for your Cedar Flute. The booklet includes diagrammed music for short musical pieces you can learn to play.

Cedar Flutes represent a beautiful combination of form and function. You will find it a pleasure to hold and play. Cedar Flutes are very lightweight, and require minimal effort to make a pleasing sound.

These Cedar Flutes measure 20.5″ long.  Colors may vary from the photo.

Native American Flutes are based on the pentatonic scale (5 note scale). Our Cedar Flutes are F Sharp.

Need a Flute Bag?  Try our 24″ soft Deerskin Leather Flute Bag!

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Moccasins Fully Beaded Buffalo Tracks

Moccasins Fully Beaded Buffalo Tracks

Moccasins Fully Beaded Buffalo Tracks

These Plains style Fully Beaded Moccasins with Buffalo Tracks design have rawhide soles. The brain tanned Deerskin Leather is beaded with white, blue, red and green seed beads. These moccasins are in good shape with no major bead loss. A previous owner wore them so they show some soiling and staining but remain in good overall condition. Wear with care or simply admire them!

These moccasins measure 11″ long by 3.75″ wide at the instep. They stand about 3.25″ high at the cuff.

One of a Kind!

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Three Row Choker – Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Choker - Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Choker – Bone or Buffalo Horn

We make our Three Row Chokers here at the shop.  We use soft Deerskin Leather Lacing, 1″ Bone Hairpipe or Buffalo Horn Hairpipe, Nickel Beads and glass Tile Beads.

Each Three Row Choker measures approximately 13″ long. You can adjust the fit with the Deerskin Leather Lacing ties.

Choose from four color combinations:

  • White Bone Hairpipe with Red Tile Beads
  • White Bone Hairpipe with Blue Tile Beads
  • Black Horn Hairpipe with Red Tile Beads
  • Black Horn Hairpipe with Blue Tile Beads

We will add a complementary second Tile Bead color.

Custom made items require time to make! Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.

You may also like our Three Row Hairpipe Bracelets!

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Three Row Bracelet – Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Bracelet

Three Row Bracelet – Bone or Buffalo Horn

We make our Three Row Hairpipe Bracelets here at the shop. We make each Three Row Bracelet with soft Deerskin Leather Lacing, 1/2″ Bone Hairpipe or Horn Hairpipe, Nickel Beads and glass Tile Beads.

Our Three Row Bracelets measure approx. 7″ long. You can adjust the fit with the Crow Bead closure.

Choose Horn (Black) or Bone (White). Choose Blue or Red Tile Beads.

You may also like our complementary Three Row Hairpipe Chokers!

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Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Horn Choker

Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Hairpipe chokers served many different purposes throughout history – They adorned and protected warriors’ necks before battle, and also served to represent social standing. Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  You can wear Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

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Spirit of the Buffalo Pow Wow and Native American Festival

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Spirit of the Buffalo Pow Wow and Native American Festival

Location: International Market World 1052 US Hwy 92 W Auburndale, FL 33823

Time:  10:00 – 5:00 pm most days

Details: Please join us for the 28th annual Spirit of the Buffalo Pow Wow and Native American Festival at the International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale, FL. The event features crafts, intertribal dance competitions, historic village displays, workshops and over 60 exhibitors. The event is held in the Big Top circus tent over two big weekends ( See other listing for Feb dates) – rain or shine.

Contact:  imwauburndale@gmail.com  or Visit their website   

Spirit of the Buffalo Pow Wow and Native American Festival

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Spirit of the Buffalo Pow Wow and Native American Festival  Second weekend

Location: International Market World 1052 US Hwy 92 W Auburndale, FL 33823

Time:  10:00 – 6:00 pm most days

Details: Please join us for the 28th annual Spirit of the Buffalo Pow Wow and Native American Festival at the International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale, FL. The event features crafts, intertribal dance competitions, historic village displays, workshops and over 60 exhibitors. The event is held in the Big Top circus tent over two big weekends ( See other listing for January dates) – rain or shine.

Contact:  imwauburndale@gmail.com  or Visit their website   

Choker Kit – Horn Hairpipe

horn choker

Native American Style Horn Hairpipe Choker Kit

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

The Buffalo Horn Choker Kit includes 1.5″ Buffalo Horn Hairpipe, Nickel-Plated Beads, our Leather Choker Spacers, Deerskin Leather Lacing, Imitation Sinew, 2 Metal Feathers, 1 Abalone Concho, and Illustrated Instructions.

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Life in a Plains Camp

Life in a Plains Camp

Life in a Plains Camp

By Bobbie Kalman. Softcover. 32 pgs.

Designed for younger readers, this book describes nomadic communities who followed the buffalo. Learn about how they set up tipis, skinned and tanned buffalo, made clothing and much more.

Color illustrations.

ISBN 0-7787-0461-0

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The Great Race of the Birds and Animals

The Great Race of the Birds and Animals

The Great Race of the Birds and Animals

By Paul Goble. Softcover. 32 pgs.

The Creator decreed that a contest be held between all the two-legged and four-legged creatures. Who would win, thundering Buffalo or fleet-footed Man?

The winner was decided long ago, in Sioux and Cheyenne legend. Buffalo lost and agreed to give up eating men, and Man became the guardian of the natural world.

ISBN 9780689714528

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Plastic Hairpipe

Plastic Hairpipe

Plastic Hairpipe

You will find Plastic Hairpipe an economical alternative to Bone or other types of Hairpipe.  The 4″ size makes a good alternative for large breastplates because it makes them much lighter.

Plastic Hairpipe is wider and lighter than Bone or Buffalo hairpipe.  That makes it popular for children’s crafts and regalia.

We offer Plastic Hairpipe in 6 sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 3″
  • 4″

We sell this Hairpipe in packages of 100 pieces.  Quantity discounts when you buy 10 or more packages.

You may also like Bone Hairpipe or Buffalo Horn Hairpipe!

Plume Powwow Pins

Plume Powwow Pins

Powwow Plume Pins

Plume Powwow Pins are brightly enameled pins with a straight tack back.  Attach them to caps, jackets, bags, leather pouches . . .   just about anywhere!

Our Pins are available in ten exclusive designs. We offer popular motifs and designs so there is a style for everyone! Each measures about 1″.

Buy 4 or more for $1.99 each!

  • Buffalo
  • Eagle
  • Turtle with the Tree of Life on his back
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Hiawatha Wampum Belt
  • Eagle Feather
  • Bear Paw
  • Howling Wolf
  • Warrior

The Fleur de Lis  pin will appeal to French & Indian War re-enactors.

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Bison Horns

Bison Horns

Natural Bison Horns

These natural Bison Horns will make very large Powder Horns. Cut the horn and use it to make a Horn Roach Spreader. You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets, Horn Rattles and more.

These horns are natural black. They come minimally cleaned. Choose:

  • Cleaned and Scraped Approx 8″ – 10″ long with a 4″ diameter opening
  • Cleaned and left rough  Approx 11″ long with a 4″ diameter opening

We sell these Horns individually. These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

We also sell Bison Toes!

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Sweetgrass Braids

Braided Sweetgrass

Braided Sweetgrass

We sell fresh Canadian Sweetgrass in convenient braids. Sweetgrass emits a wonderful fragrance! We love it when we get a new shipment in at the shop because it smells so delightful!

These Braids can be left as they are or they can be burned as incense. We like to keep one in the car! You can keep your Sweetgrass fresher if you store it in a cool, dark place.

Chose from :

  • Small braid 19″ -24″
  • Large braid 25″-30+ “
  • Sweetgrass Braid Ring tied with natural Deerskin Leather Lacing

Braids vary in width from 1/2″  to 1″ wide.

As available, we also offer Sweetgrass Bundles for crafting!

Don’t miss our White Sage and Sage Smudge Sticks!

Sweetgrass, Hierochloe Odorata, is a beautiful sacred plant growing in the northern half of the U.S., up to the arctic circle. Sometimes called Buffalo Grass or Vanilla Grass, it spreads by underground rhizomes and prefers damp lowland areas. Because of its connection to water and its sweet smell it is considered feminine. People use it for ceremonies and healing along with sage and cedar. Often, sage (masculine) is first burned to purify and cleanse and then gentle sweetgrass (feminine) is used to attract good spirits. Sometimes people mix it with the other herbs to be used together because sweetgrass helps make a steady smoke.  She is very social.

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Antique Beaded & Quilled Possibles Bag

Antique Beaded & Quilled Possibles Bag

Antique Beaded & Quilled Possibles Bag

Possibles Bags are used for decorative storage.  This Antique Possibles Bag features both beaded sections and quillwork. The crafter used Braintanned Buffalo Hide and real Sinew to create this Bag.  He or she added Beadwork strips on both sides and the top using Arapaho Green, Greasy Yellow, Cobalt Blue, White and White Center Red Seed Beads. Twelve rows of Quillwork in Red and Green interspersed with Red Fluff Feathers decorates the front.  Along the sides and top you will also find Antiqued Tin Cone Drops with Red Horsehair.  It comes with a tag that says Sioux near White River S Dak.

This Bag came from a collection.  Part of the top flap has deteriorated and sections of the beadwork are missing.  Some of the fluff feathers are broken or missing. You will see staining and discoloration on the leather.  It is in delicate condition.

It measures 24″ wide across the top and 18″ wide at the bottom.  It measures about 18″ from top to bottom. One of a Kind!

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Deer Bone Needles

Deer Bone Needles

Deer Bone Needles

We have several packages of natural Deer Bone Needles available. Our crafter made them from Deer leg bones.  Each comes with a hole in the top for your Thread, Sinew or Lacing. You can use these natural Needles to sew Leather (punch holes with an Awl first) with Leather Lacing.  They will also be a nice addition to a display of historical tools for Living History Events and educational programs.

Historically, Native Americans used Bone Needles to sew Clothing, Nets, Mats and Baskets.  They have used the bones of several animals, including Deer, Buffalo and Elk to make Needles and other tools.

Many of these Needles measure about 3″ long. Some will be smaller. They are a natural product, so expect variations in size and color.

We sell these in packages of 3.  Limited Quantities!

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Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet North American Plains Indians Hide Dressing and Bead Sewing Techniques.

 

Blanket Strip – Dark Red – 25% Off!

Blanket Strip - Dark Red

Blanket Strip – Dark Red

This Blanket Strip – Dark Red comes with gorgeous Pony Bead Rosettes. Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this Blanket Strip with Dark Red wool.  He beaded the strip and Rosettes on Braintanned Deerskin Leather. Twisted Braintanned Deerskin tassels hang from the center of each of the four Rosettes. White Center Red Crow Beads decorate each tassel.

Andy beaded this strip with 8/0 Pony Beads. For the rosettes he used Reproduction White Center Cranberry, Pony Trader Blue, Mustard, Cobalt Blue and White Pony beads. He composed the remainder of the strip with 7 rows of lazy stitch beaded with 8/0 Pony Beads in Pony Trader Blue, Cobalt Blue, and White.

The Native Americans of the Northern Plains created Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when two Braintanned Buffalo Hides were sewn together to create one large robe. Eventually, Native American crafters began to use wool Trade Blankets for robes. They added their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.

The beaded portion of this Blanket Strip measures 56″ long. It includes a total of 4 rosettes, each measuring 7.5″ in diameter. The blanket itself measures approximately 65″ x 45″.

One of a Kind!

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Choker Kit – Plastic Hairpipe

Choker Kit - Bone Hairpipe

Native American Style Plastic Hairpipe Choker Kit

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Choose from:

  • Plastic Hairpipe with Brass Beads
  • Plastic Hairpipe with Glass Beads

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Horn Club Two Head

Horn Club Two Head

Horn Club Two Head

This antique Two Head Horn Club features steer horns on both sides. This piece was made circa 1900 and would have been used as a ceremonial Warrior Dance Club.

The 24 inch handle is made of wood covered in dried rawhide and has a piece of buffalo tail tied with leather lace hanging from the end. The rawhide extends around the two headed club and is secured with a pin. The rawhide is sinew sewn. It will make a nice addition to your collection!

It measures approx. 28″ long  and 6″ wide at the widest end. One of a Kind!

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Blanket Strip Red Selvedge Edge

Blanket Strip Red Selvedge Edge

Selvedge Edge Red Blanket Strip

This Red Blanket Strip is beaded on Selvedge Edge wool.  Master Craftsman Andy Bullock beaded the strip and Rosettes on Braintanned Deerskin Leather.  He used Pony Trader Blue, Mauve, White and Cobalt Blue Seed Beads to create the 7 row strip and the 4″ Rosettes.  Braintanned Deerskin Lacing tassels hang from the center of each of the four Rosettes. Trade Beads, Pink Pony Beads, Blue Basket Beads, Brass Beads and small metal rings decorate each tassel.

The Native Americans of the Northern Plains started making Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when two halves of a Braintanned Buffalo Hide was sewn together to create one large robe. Eventually, Native American crafters began to use wool Trade Blankets for robes. They add their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.

The beaded portion of this Blanket Strip measures 43.5″ long  x 3.25″ wide . It includes a total of 4 rosettes, each measuring 4″ in diameter. The blanket itself measures approximately 60″ x 45″.  One of a Kind!

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Parfleche Container

Parfleche Container

Vintage Painted Rawhide Parfleche Container

Add this brightly painted Parfleche Container to your collection! The crafter made this large Parfleche from Rawhide.  He painted it with Red, Blue, Yellow and Green paints in geometric designs. It comes with Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing ties.

A parfleche (pronounced par-flesh) is a traditional Native American container made from rawhide. The word “parfleche” comes from the French words “parer” (to parry or shield) and “flèche” (arrow), because the heavy hide could deflect arrows.  Native Americans also used rawhide to make shields.  To create a parfleche, Native American tribes, particularly those from the Great Plains region,  use rawhide, which is the untanned skin of an animal, usually a buffalo.  They often decorate them with intricate geometric patterns using natural pigments derived from plants and minerals.

Native Americans use versatile Parfleche containers for various purposes, such as storing food, clothing, personal items, or even important tribal documents and artifacts. They were essential to the nomadic lifestyle of many Plains tribes, as they could easily carry them on horseback during their migrations and hunting expeditions.

This Container measures approximately 27″ long  x 14″ wide.  It opens to twice that length. It is in very good condition.  One of a Kind!

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Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Parfleches and Other Rawhide Articles

Blanket Strip Beaded Otoe Style

Otoe Style Beaded Blanket Strip.

Beaded Blanket Strip Abstract Floral Design

This Otoe Style Beaded Blanket Strip features a colorful floral design made in the 1970s – 1980s. The crafter beaded this strip with Seed Beads in Transparent Royal Blue, Light Blue, Green, Dark Red, White and Greasy Yellow.  This piece is unique as it is not made with rosettes. The strip measures approx. 51″ long and 4.5″ wide. One of a Kind!

The Native Americans of the Central Plains created Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when two Braintanned Buffalo Hides were sewn together to create one large robe. Eventually, Native American crafters began to use wool Trade Blankets for robes. They added their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.

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Blanket Strip Beaded Sioux Style

Sioux style beaded blanket strip.

Sioux Style Beaded Blanket Strip with Ribbons

This Sioux Style Beaded Blanket Strip features a colorful geometric design. You will see a metal spot along with red and green ribbon tassels hanging from the center of each rosette. The crafter beaded the leather, backed with masking tape with Seed Beads in White, Light Blue, Royal Blue, Brown, Transparent Green and Mustard Yellow. The strip measures approx. 50″ long and 3.5″ wide. The rosettes are 4.5″ in diameter. One of a Kind!

The Native Americans of the Northern Plains created Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when two Braintanned Buffalo Hides were sewn together to create one large robe. Eventually, Native American crafters began to use wool Trade Blankets for robes. They added their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.

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Powder Horn with Round End

Powder Horn with Round End

Round End Powder Horn

Add a strap to this Powder Horn with Round End to use it as an accessory or add it to your collection.  The crafter made it from a natural cow horn.  He added notches to the flange at the narrow end.  At the wide end, the crafter nailed in a rounded wood piece.   This piece has a nice twist to it that adds to its appeal.  There is no stopper for the narrow end.  One of a Kind!

Powder horns are containers that hold gunpowder. Historically, soldiers made Powder Horns from cows, oxen or buffalo horns. Natural horn has the advantage of being waterproof and already hollow inside. Stoppers of wood or bone or horn were placed at each end of the horn. A soldier filled the horn with gunpowder at the large end, and dispensed powder from the smaller end.
Soldiers sometimes decorated their Powder Horns with carvings or inlays. They usually carried them with a long strap over their shoulder.

This Powder Horn with Round End measures about 9 inches long.  The base measures 2 inches x 2.5 inches.  You will see a couple of small holes in the horn near the base end.  One of a Kind!

The Wandering Bull offers Powder Horns as collectible items. Living History Re-enactors also use Powder Horns as part of their kit. You can choose from our standard stock Powder Horn or one of the One of a Kind horns that we acquire from other collectors.

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Pine Flutes

Pine Flutes

Effigy Pine Wood Flutes

Navajo Flute Maker Jonah Thompson makes our Pine Effigy Flutes. Each one comes with a printed booklet that discusses the significance of the Native American Flute. The booklet includes instructions for how to play and care for your Flute. In the back you will find diagrammed music for short musical pieces that you can learn to play.

You will not find a better made Pine Flutes for the price!  Someone who is just starting out will find these Flutes are perfect instruments to try.  These Pine Flutes make a lovely sound. You will find them very enjoyable to play.

Each Flute measures 17.5″ long.

Native American Flutes feature a pentatonic scale (5 note scale). Our Flutes are pitched to C major (or A minor).

Choose from four animal effigy tuning blocks:  CHANGED 9-2022

  • Turtle
  • Eagle
  • Bear
  • Buffalo

Flutes will come in different wood finishes. Please let us choose for you!

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World Best Grass Dance Songs

World Best Grass Dance Songs

Music CD World Best Grass Dance Songs

The World’s Best Grass Dance Songs, Volume One features Native American Grass Dance Songs from 12 notable Drums including, Northern Wind, Whitefish Bay, Smokeytown and more!

Drum List:

  1. Blacklodge
  2. Grey Buffalo
  3. Little Island Cree
  4. Northern Wind
  5. White Eagle
  6. Seekascootch
  7. Whitefish Bay
  8. Smokeytown
  9. Whirlwind
  10. Red Hawk
  11. Eagles Singing
  12. Wisconsin Dells

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Powder Horn with strap

Powder Horn with strap

Powder Horn with Strap

Our stock Powder Horn with strap comes ready to use!  Polished natural cow horn includes a groove to hold the strap. Living History Re-enactors wear Powder Horns as an accessory. Native American dancers can wear them as part of their Native American Regalia.

Our Powder Horn includes a wooden stopper and a wooden base and a woven strap.

Powder horns are containers that hold gunpowder. Historically, soldiers made Powder Horns from cows, oxen or buffalo horns. Natural horn has the advantage of being waterproof and already hollow inside. Stoppers of wood or bone or horn were placed at each end of the horn. A soldier filled the horn with gunpowder at the large end, and dispensed powder from the smaller end.
Soldiers sometimes decorated their Powder Horns with carvings or inlays. They usually carried them with a long strap over their shoulder.

The Wandering Bull offers Powder Horns as collectible items. Living History Re-enactors also use Powder Horns as part of their kit.  You can choose from our standard stock Powder Horn or one of the One of a Kind horns that we acquire from other collectors.

Colors and curvature of each Powder Horn will vary.  Our stock Powder Horns measure approx 12″ long.

Shop for more Living History Supplies! You will find Cartridge Papers, Tomahawks, and Reproduction tableware.

Imitation Sinew

Imitation Sinew

Imitation Sinew 

Imitation Sinew or Artificial Sinew is a nylon cord  that looks and splits almost like real Sinew. The fibers are waxy and uniform in width and color.  They are available in Single Ply and Multi Ply.  The Multi Ply can be used as is for a heavy duty thread, or it can be split into thinner pieces.  We recommend this product for heavy sewing and construction of craft projects. It is popular for making dream catchers (as the webbing).

Single Ply Imitation Sinew comes in Natural color only. It is a single strand. You get approximately 166 yards per ounce. Choose 1 oz or 4 oz spools.

Multi – Ply Sinew can be split into up to 4 individual strands. For extra strength, keep the plies together.

You can purchase Multi Ply Sinew in Natural, Black and White in 1 oz, 4 oz and 8 oz spools. Red, Yellow and Green Multi ply only comes in 8 oz spools. You will get approximately 40 yards of Sinew per ounce.

Prefer the real thing? Try our Natural Deer Sinew and Buffalo Sinew!

Read our article about Real vs Imitation Sinew

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Bone Tubes

Bone Tubes

Bone Tubes

Our Bone Tubes have straight edges are made with good quality real bone. Their Ivory color makes them perfect to make chokers, bracelets, and other jewelry. Try these natural colored Tubes to achieve an older style look to your accessories.

You may also want to try our Buffalo Horn Tubes.  They come in the same sizes as the Bone Tubes.

We offer these Tubes in three popular sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase Bone Tubes in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

Read More About Style of Beads in our article Beads Used by Native American Crafters

Bone Hairpipe

Bone Hairpipe -

Real Bone Hairpipe for Crafting

The Wandering Bull offers top quality real Bone Hairpipe with uniform widths, holes and smoothness! They come with 2 mm holes. Therefore, you will find them ready to use for chokers, breastplates, necklaces and more!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice. Breastplates became symbols of status and Necklaces and Bandoleers gained in popularity during the Reservation period.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Choose from 7 sizes

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 2.5″
  • 3″
  • 4″

Purchase your hairpipe in 25 count, 100 count or 1000 count packages. Quantity discounts apply to packages of 10 or more of the 100 count packages.

Red Amber Hairpipe

Red Amber Hairpipe

Red Horn Hairpipe

Make a striking choker or bracelet with these Red Amber Hairpipe! Natural Horn Red Amber colored Hairpipe looks slightly translucent. Because it is a natural product, shading varies. Make sure that you order enough to complete your project.  We can not guarantee that the shades will match with the next lot!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

We carry Red colored Amber Hairpipe in three sizes:

  • .5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase these Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

 

Amber Hairpipe

Amber Hairpipe

Yellow Horn Hairpipe

When you are looking for a new take on an old favorite, try Amber Hairpipe!  Natural Horn Amber colored Hairpipe looks slightly translucent. Because it is a natural product, shading varies. Make sure that you order enough to complete your project.  We can not guarantee that the shades will match with the next lot!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Red Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Amber Hairpipe comes in three sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″ sizes.

You can purchase them in packages of 25 pieces, estimated 100  pieces or estimated 1000 pieces.

 

Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

This elegant Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe gives a very different look to chokers and jewelry. You will find it delicate enough for you to make earrings with it!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

We carry Ultra Thin Hairpipe in three sizes:

  • .5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase these Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

World Best Fancy Dance Songs Vol #2

World Best Fancy Dance Songs Vol #2

Music CD World Best Fancy Dance Songs Vol #2

World’s Best Fancy Dance Songs Vol. 2 features a selection of women’s Native American Fancy Dance songs.

Put on your Fancy Shawls!  You’ll be ready to dance after listening to this CD!

Song List:

  1. Woman’s Fancy    –    Blacklodge Singers
  2. Woman’s Fancy    –     Little Island Cree Singers
  3. Fancy Dance          –    Grey Buffalo Singers
  4. Woman’s Fancy    –     Ya-iyo-waza Singers
  5. Woman’s Fancy    –     Smokey Valley Singers
  6. Woman’s Fancy    –     Echo Sky Singers
  7. Woman’s Fancy    –     Circle Strong Singers
  8. Woman’s Fancy    –     Northern Wind Singers
  9. Woman’s Fancy    –     Red Scaffold Singers
  10. Woman’s Fancy    –     Four Little Feather Singers
  11. Woman’s Fancy    –     Northern Wind Singers
  12. Fancy Shawl          –     Red Hawk Singers
  13. Woman’s Fancy    –     Brown Eagle Singers
  14. Woman’s Fancy    –     Eagle Claw Singers
  15. Woman’s Fancy    –     Whitefish Bay Singers
  16. Ladies Fancy         –     Seekaskootch Singers

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Gift of the Sacred Dog

Gift of the Sacred Dog

Gift of the Sacred Dog

By Paul Goble. Softcover. 32 pgs.

In response to an Indian boy’s prayers to help his hungry people, the Great Spirit sends the gift of the Sacred Dogs (horses), which enables the tribe to hunt for buffalo faster and further afield. 1979 Winner of the Caldecott Medal and a Reading Rainbow feature selection.

ISBN 9780020432807

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Native American Gardening

Native American Gardening

Native American Gardening: Buffalobird-Woman’s Guide to Traditional Methods

By Gilbert L. Wilson. 129 pgs. Softcover.

Native American Gardening is a reprint of an early 20th century study. Wilson reviews Hidatsa Indian horticultural practices from that time. The book includes planting and harvesting plants. Then it moves to food preparation and preservation. It also covers making other items from agricultural products.

Black & white illustrations and photographs.

ISBN 0486440214

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Choker Kit – Bone Hairpipe

Choker Kit - Bone Hairpipe

Native American Style Bone Hairpipe Choker Kit

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each kit includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Each Kit comes with 1.5″ Bone Hairpipe, Imitation Sinew, Choker Spacers, a Needle, Deerskin Leather Lacing, an Abalone Concho and Beads.

Choose from:

  • Bone Hairpipe with Brass Beads
  • Bone Hairpipe with Glass Bead

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