Painted Buffalo robe Traditional Earth Pigment paints



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2 year old bull buffalo

65″ long (85″ with tail) by 54″ wide

This is a wild Yellowstone bison and will come with all the paperwork and original hunting tag from the tribe that harvested it legally according to their treaty rights

Please note these are wild buffalo hides not domestic, they have scarring and areas where there is no fur due to fighting, spring rubbing etc etc. Please look at the photo carefully this is not  #1 quality hide.

Meaning of the robe:

This is a story robe. 

This robe centers around ancient times, pre-history so to speak. The hands painted on this robe are similar to those found in the “Cueves De Los Manos” note that some, just as they are in the cave, are missing fingers. The center of the robe is a Smilodon (Saber tooth tiger) Skull. Roaring for the world to see. 

Geometric pattern accompanying this robe will ONLY be disclosed to the buyer. This took many many hours to paint, this is a very strong robe. The fur side of this robe has strong curly thick winter buffalo fur with the outer sides a dark chocolate. #1 quality, except some bare spots above the tail. Robes are meant to be worn fur side in. This robe is lightweight and suitable for even an elder to use with ease. 

I am an Enrolled Cherokee, however I am adopted Lakota and I have been taught by many plains teachers how to paint both rawhide and actual hides. Cherokee people did not traditionally do these sort of robes, these skills were taught to me by my Plains native teachers. Your robe will still come with a certificate stating the art is genuine Native American Made. Just understand that thought I am Cherokee this is Lakota style art.



About the paint:


The paint used on this piece is becoming a lost art it is extremely special. Pigment paints are made from crushed stones and plants. I have to mix each color by hand every time I paint, and I usually have to reheat my paint several times throughout the painting process. I use only hand carved painting sticks to apply my paint to the piece.


Today most artists use acrylic paint but when they do it simply doesn’t look “indian”


These are the original paints used by my ancestors. They are mixed with hide paste and or prickly pear.


I am VERY proud to offer these paints in my shop.



From what I was taught:


Traditionally women painted Geometric designs and wore them. With the exception of the Warbonnet pattern, that was usually painted by women for a man’s robe.


Men traditionally painted story/winter count robes.


I am Two-Spirit, meaning I was born female and I am now male. In white society I am known as a transgender person. What does this have to do with my work?


For these particular pieces… EVERYTHING.


In almost every native culture Two-Spirit people were considered sacred, learning both Male and Female roles within the tribe.


I have the unique ability to do both Male and Female paintings on robes, and even combine the two.


Robes are of high importance in the Native way. Firstly warriors would never paint their Tipi with their war victories… It made it too easy as to which tipi to attack first to take out the strongest (if you were an enemy) So robes were the #1 way to wear your story.


Specific robes were worn for diplomacy, to help heal the sick, or promote a healthy pregnancy. Robes are an incredible source of power and still are today.


The women usually never revealed what the geometric meanings were EXCEPT to the wearer of the robe. This is what gave the robe it’s protection. I hold that secret, know your robes meanings will never be revealed to anyone but you.


This robe is painted with traditional paints. This means I mix it myself and tattoo and press it into the hide with sticks. No paintbrush no chemicals… Just traditional hide glue and crushed rocks.


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