When the plains Indians were moving from place to place, they carried their clothing, valuables, tools, etc. in a parfleche, which was made from dried buffalo hide and decorated with brightly colored geometric designs.Â The parfleche was used by the Indian as we would use a suitcase.
Â A great informational handout on the Plains Indian Parfleche can be found at http://history.nd.gov/activities/parfleche.pdf .Â You can print off the two sheets which give information about the parfleche and directions on how to make one from felt and using acrylic or tempera paints. Â Instead of the felt, we used brown grocery bag paper as the rawhide and colored our geometric designs with markers. Â Â We used the measurements and the cutting directions from the handout.Â Â Â Directions for our method, “American Indian Parfleche,”Â can be found in the 3rd Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.