- Indians used the hair of various animals for many things. They
braided the hair from the tail and mane of the horse and the forelock of
the buffalo into ropes. They also learned from the early Spanish
to make horsehair head stalls and other horse gear., as well as belts and
handle coverings. This type of work was known as "Spanish hitching."
White hairs were dyed various colors, which enabled the craftsman to work
out patterns and fancy designs.
Besides that of the horse and buffalo,
Indians used the hair of the dog, mountain sheep, mountain goat, moose,
deer, elk, antelope, opossum, rabbit, beaver, otter, mountain lion, and
sometimes even human hair.
Hair was used t stuff pillows, balls, drumsticks,
dolls, pad saddles, and many other things, while tufts of hair were employed
as decoration on clothing, pouches, horse gear, ceremonial pipes, and such.
The hair of the otter was believed to possess a powerful charm.
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