Medicine Shields of the Blackfoot by Howard Terpning
A medicine shield was a treasured possession among the Blackfoot people, and the very making of one was a long, involved process, involving the skills of several members of the tribe. It all started with the hide taken from the neck and shoulder of a bull buffalo, which was shaped, dried, and decorated, resulting in a finished shield that was one-inch thick.
This went with its owner on war parties, and when it was not in use, the shield was supported on a tri-pod outside the teepee on sunny days, turned throughout the day so that its face always absorbed the direct sun.
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