Originally featured in Points West in Winter 2007
A parfleche, made of folded rawhide, was used to carry clothing, food, and other belongings when Plains Indian people traveled. Painted in geometric designs, parfleches often were made in pairs to be tied to each side of a horse.
This Tsistsistas (Cheyenne) parfleche dates to around 1885 and features bright blue, yellow, and an orangish-brown pigment in its geometric designs.
Leather parfleche, Cheyenne, ca. 1885. 23.5 x 14.75 inches. Chandler-Pohrt Collection. Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss. NA.106.147