Native American hunters used every part of the buffalos and bison that they would kill. The bones were made into knives and arrowheads, the brains were used to process leather, and the hair was made into head-dresses, pillow stuffing, pad saddles, and was woven to make ropes. The muscles were preserved as jerky, tails became whips and brushes, fat was used as soap, and hooves were boiled down to make glue.
Created with images by Andrew James - "Native American Man, Pow Wow Regalia Closeup" • Josh Miller - "untitled image" • Ichio - "untitled image" • Boston Public Library - "Kiowa, 1898" • Boston Public Library - "Poor Dog, Sioux 1898" • Boston Public Library - "Black Man, Arapahoe. (c) 1898" • Boston Public Library - "Chief Goes To War, Chief Hollow Horn Bear, Sioux. (c) 1898"