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 Star boy was alive
The prairie, bare of people
Only he would dare
To ride into the cool night
The Morning Star comes out
At night, with a bright and shining light
Start Boy is in the flight
After his might Buffalo
First to feed his tribe
When they are in need
Great Lakota warrior and provider
Star Boy alive in 1895
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