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Crow Dried Meat Parfleche
Parfleche is the French word meaning rawhide container. These containers were commonly used in the everyday life of Native Americans and were usually made from elk or buffalo hide, and later cow hide. Each tribe had their own distinct colors and designs which enables us to determine the general origin of each parfleche.
Generally speaking, flat folded parfleches were used to protect, store, and carry food items such as dried meat and cylindrical types were used for carrying medicine and personal items.
Parfleches were still in use by Flathead, Nez Pierce, and Spokane tribes until the 1940s.