Buffalo and the People
The Buffalo and the People gallery introduces visitors to the economic and spiritual importance of the buffalo to the Native people of the Plains. While touring the gallery, you can learn more about Hunting and Warfare traditions, Men’s Art, and the many practical uses of buffalo among Plains people.
Northern Plains men’s buffalo horn bonnets and a Mandan buffalo dance mask are in the center of the gallery, introduced by the voice of Joe Medicine Crow, Absaroke. Members of warrior societies, wearing such bonnets, performed dances to capture the sacred power of the buffalo, to assist them in hunting and in providing meat for their families.