Rockwell's New Elk Hide in Native American Gallery, Fun Activity for Families

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - The Rockwell Museum has a new addition to its Native American Gallery.

It's a painted elk hide estimated to be about 100-years-old, and it gives a glimpse into native culture.

The painting on the hide shows a visual record of a traditional buffalo hunt, and what would have happened back at the camp once the hunt was over.

It's believed to have been made by Washakie or one of his followers - a famous artist in the Shoshone tribe.

The museum says the work was made during captivity on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

"One of the most fascinating aspects to me is this division of labor that you see depicted on the hide that is really split along gender lines," Rockwell Curator of Collections said. "There were very specific jobs that men would have done and very specific jobs that only the women would have done."

The hide also served as a winter count or better known as record keeping with symbols illustrating events during the calendar year.

The museum also has an activity for families where children can trace symbols of the Indian nation on a paper hide to illustrate events during their own year. 

The hours on Saturday and Sunday are 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Children aged 17 and under are free. 


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