History of Buffalo Utilization

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Buffalo were more than just meat to the Native Plains Indians

Horns:
Arrow Points
Utensils (cups, ladles, spoons)
Powder horns
Decorative headdresses
Medication

Bones:
Knives, Pipes
Arrowheads
Splints
Shovels
War clubs
Fat:
Candle Tallow
Lubricant
Soap

Tails:
Ornamental Decoration
Fly brush
Whip
Hair:
Decorative headdresses
Ropes
Pad and pillow filler
Moccasin lining

Muscles:
Glue
Thread
Arrow ties
Stomach Liner:
Water container

Gall and Blood:
Decorative Paint
Skull:
Rituals

Beard and Teeth:
Ornamentation
Bladder:
Medicine Bag

Hooves:
Glue
Scrotum:
Ceremonial rattle

Liver:
Hide Tanning
Manure Chips:
Fuel
Tendons:
Sewing
Bowstrings

Hide:
Moccasins
Buckets
Drums
Splints
Ropes
Saddles and Stirrups
Snow shoes

Today, meat is the main factor when purchasing Buffalo. We still try to utilize parts of the Buffalo here at Bridger Valley Buffalo.

Skulls are bleached and used for decorative purposes for customer purchase.

Horns are saved for the attachment to the skull.

Hides are saved for customer purchase. They can and are used for the manufacture of leather furniture in bigger areas. (Everything from foot stools to full size sofas are available.)

Bison Leather is also used for the manufacture of hats, coats, vests, handbags, shoes and boots.

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