- A name popularly applied to the wapiti, a large deer of the western united
States. The elk provided the Indian with food and clothing.
The Crow Indians made excellent bows from elk horn. Elk teeth were
valued as ornaments, particularly necklaces. Plains Indians used
the antlers to fashion the framework of their saddles.
There was an Elk Society among some tribes.
At certain periods they performed the Elk mystery, a ceremony in which
the Indians wore masks made of skins stretched on frames, to which were
added boughs to represent antlers. In their dance the Indians told
the life story of the elk.
within this Site