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.
I will listen to your concerns
About all that life will throw at you
The ups and downs
Troubles swirling around, like clouds
Learn young ones from the elders
This old wise one knows how to endure
When things go wrong
You must continue on and be strong
Hold on tight
Withstand the storms of life
To gain strength and wisdom
Listen and Learn
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