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Parfleshe patterns: I’ve been interested in the patterns that plains indians decorated their parfleshes – the buffalo hide bags, envelopes, and sheaths used to pack and protect belongings when they moved their camps.  I like abstracting the patterns and then breaking them up and layering them back together into new configurations.  I have a rudimentary understanding of the meanings of some of the symbols used in the patterns, in part because very little is apparently written about the meanings because they were often sacred and therefore kept secret from white ethnographers.  In any event, I have scrambled the meanings like fragments in a collage.


Parfleshe One Parfleshe Two Parfleshe three Parfleshe-Five Parfleshe Four