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If Luggage says something about a traveler, the parfleche used to say something nomadic Native American tribes, and much more. Parfleches are containers of folded or laced rawhide, painted in detailed mostly geometric designs. They were created by the women of many tribes through the western half of North America from the 18th century through the early 20th century. Nomadic tribes followed the great buffalo herds and developed these rawhide containers as a means for storage and transportation of their valued possessions. Ideal for moving from camp to camp, parfleches were lightweight, extremely durable, weatherproof, and made out of readily available material. Rawhide, the main material, came from large animals such as buffalo , elk, moose, deer and later, domestic cattle. The paint, used to enhance each container, came from pigments derived from minerals and vegetation. The "paintbrushes," used to apply pigments, were made from bone, wood, horn or stone.

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Parfleche Bag - Cheyene 1860's

Reproduction. Made of Elk rawhide and used to carry personal belongings of native families. Sizes vary. These are approx. 12" to 14" x 12" to 17".

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Parfleche Bag - Cheyene 1860's
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Parfleche Bag - Sioux 1880's

Reproduction. Made of Elk rawhide and used to carry personal belongings of native families. Sizes vary. These are approx. 12" to 14" x 12" to 17".

Order button $230 USD

Parfleche Bag - Sioux 1860's
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Parfleche Bag - Arapaho 1860's

Reproduction. Made of Elk rawhide and used to carry personal belongings of native families. Sizes vary. These are approx. 12" to 14" x 12" to 17".

Order button $230 USD

Parfleche Bag - Arapaho 1860's
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Parfleche Bag - Apache 1880's

Reproduction. Made of Elk rawhide and used to carry personal belongings. These are approx. 12" to 15".

Order button $230 USD

Parfleche Bag - Apache 1880's
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Parfleche Bag - Comanche 1850's

Reproduction. Made of Elk rawhide and used to carry personal belongings. These are approx. 12" to 15".

Order button $230 USD

Parfleche Bag - Comanche 1850's
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Parfleche Cylinder - Blackfeet 1880's

Reproduction. Made of Elk rawhide. These are approx. 23" inch length and used by warrior chiefs to store their war bonnet.

Order button $250 USD

Parfleche Cylinder - Blackfeet 1880's
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Parfleche Cylinder - Sioux 1880's

Reproduction. Made of Elk rawhide and used to carry personal belongings. These are approx. 12" to 15".

Order button $250 USD

Parfleche Cylinder - Sioux 1880's
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Note: Other Northern Plains Tribal designs available. Call for more details.

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