Why was the Buffalo important to Native Americans and What else were Buffaloes used for besides meat?

The buffalo gave Native Americans far more than just meat.

In fact, the animal provided them with almost everything they needed to live. The list below includes some of the many uses Native Americans had for the animal’s different parts.

hides: tipi covers, clothing, storage bags, blankets, shield covers

fat: candles, soap

horns: spoons, bowls

bones: tools, arrowheads

bladders: containers

hair: ropes, headdresses, pillow stuffing

tendons: bow strings

hoofs: glue, ceremonial rattles, wind chimes

dung: fuel

brains: material for tanning hides blood: paint, soup

teeth: ornaments tongue: combs intestines: cord

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