Buffalo tracks symbol
Buffalo tracks symbol

Symbolism

Buffalo Tracks and Buffalo Trails

The presence of buffalo or the hope for buffalo could be symbolized by their hoof prints. These could be indicated by a design as simple as a square or could be a more detailed depiction. The buffalo trail, which symbolizes the location of the buffalo, is usually depicted in beadwork as a simple rectangle. This motif was popular with the Arapaho.

Buffalo Intestines

Many examples of Plains footwear feature checkered patterns on the vamp. This pattern represents the buffalo intestines that were a favoured food across the Great Plains. This symbol was particularly popular with the Cheyenne and the Arapaho.
Continue