The Lakota always painted on Buffalo hides that depicted important events in their history.
These painted Buffalo hides were called Winter Counts. A important member of the tribe decided which image was to be painted on the hide.
It would represent the year. In the 1880’s the Buffalo were gone and hides were hard to come by.
Being very resourceful they acquired old ledgers from the Forts or trading post and used colored pencils to portray their important events.
They were also used by Warriors in prison and children in forced Boarding Schools.
In 1895, when Lighting Girl was alive
Riding her horse on the bank
Of the great Cheyenne River
High upon the bluff
As the wind sings a song
She will always long to be back.
To the sacred Black Hills,
Rising above the prairie
After roaming this great land
She will return to her tribe
Strong Lakota Woman
Lighting Girl, alive in 1895
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