The Lakota always painted on Buffalo hides that depicted important events in their history. 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.
Look to the sky
On a bright starry night.
Out to the far reaches
Of the heavens.
Hear the thundering hoofs
Of the Horses Nation
They rumble past;
Their hoofs ablaze with purpose.
Running the Milky Way
Racing to greet their loved ones.
Forever in the heavens
Thundering into eternity.
– Sandy Swallow
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