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 Sun Boy was alive
The hot sun shining down
Heating the prairie ground
Warming the wild flowers
The tribe was at work
Moving the encampment
To the cool Black Hills
Where the cold streams flow
Sun Boy rides hard
To feed his tribe
Great Lakota warrior and provider
Sun Boy alive in 1895
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