Object photography

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Object description

  • Plains artist
  • Pair of spoons, 1850-1875
  • Horn, leather
  • Great Plains, United States
  • L: 16 1/8 in, W: 3 1/8 in, D: 2 in (L: 41.0 cm, W: 7.9 cm, D: 5.1 cm)
  • Gift of the Pennsylvania Historical Commission, 1949
  • E28305.1-2
  • Reveals importance of sacred buffalo in all aspects of daily life
  • Materials reflect influx of Euro-american cattle on plains

For hundreds of years, Native people on the Great Plains depended on buffalo, their sacred relative, for shelter, ceremony, food, and tools. Buffalo horn was shaped and molded into various utilitarian items including spoons such as these, which were used for special occasions.