On June 5 and 6, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West presents a hands-on workshop on making and decorating a parfleche, the traditional American Indian carrying bag made from rawhide. The workshop begins Sunday afternoon, June 5, noon – 4 p.m. and concludes the next day, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Oglala Lakota artist and educator Jen Runs Close to Lodge leads the “Parfleche Party” workshop along with Center museum educator Brian Gendron. Interpretive Specialist Emily Buckles, who coordinates the Center’s education programs, notes, “This is a special opportunity to have Native artists at the Center, teaching their native crafts—Jen is a great teacher!”
Workshop participants discover how to create authentic parfleches from rawhide, buckskin, and natural pigments. “We will share traditional techniques for making a bag,” says Gedron, “and participants can take home their own creations at the end of the workshop.”
The workshop is for participants ages 16 and older. Advanced registration is required and can be completed online by visiting tickets.centerofthewest.org and clicking on “Parfleche Party.” Cost is $50 for Buffalo Bill Center of the West members and $60 for non-members. For more information or questions, contact Emily Buckles at [email protected] or 307-578-4110.
This workshop, along with several other workshops and field trips this summer, are made possible through a generous grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation. For more information on similar programs and activities, visit the “Learn” section of centerofthewest.org. The Center of the West’s full calendar can be found at centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.