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  • 2014 CATALOG 31-  154 Color Pages
    2014 CATALOG 31- 154 Color Pages Mailing week of March 5, 2014!! Be sure to get yours for the largest selection of Native American Indian, rendezvous & mountain man, & reenactor craft supplies & crafts to be found anywhere.
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    SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER CROW CALLS - Specials & New Items 16 PAGES of new items & savings on many very popular powwow & rondy items, such as #2 German Tanned White & Natural Buckskin, Czech Pony Beads & Camp Utensils, Tote Bags, Dance Bells, & much more.
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  • NEW DANCE REGALIA HOW-TO BOOK - Warriors of the Plains
    NEW DANCE REGALIA HOW-TO BOOK - Warriors of the Plains Native American Regalia & Crafts book filled with vintage & modern images, illustrating regalia worn by warriors who once ruled the Great Plains. 130+ photos, most in full color, 35+ color illus.
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  • AMAZING NEW WARBONNET BOOK! The Plains Warbonnet
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    PENDLETON INDIAN BLANKETS - For Powwow or Home!   For over a 100 years, if you're looking for an American Indian blanket, you're looking for a Pendleton. We offer an extensive line of the most popular blankets, throws, baby blankets, serapes & shawls.
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  • READY-MADE CRAFTS - Gourd Dance Blanket Blanket
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    HOT OFF THE PRESS - Learn to Play Flutes Revised for 2012, this 40 page manual comes with an interactive CD developed exclusively to go along with it, and contains many illustrations & several color photos.
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  • NEW DESIGNS - Super Soft Fleece 60x80
    NEW DESIGNS - Super Soft Fleece 60x80 Super soft & super inexpensive, these 2 new fleece 60x80 blankets are great for those looking for Native American designs used with Southwest decor. Available in 20 attractive, traditional patterns & colors.
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  • WARBONNET HQ - Readymade & Kits
    WARBONNET HQ - Readymade & Kits Indian & non-Indian made warbonnets in a variety of styles & quality. From our regular style, to the super deluxe made of the most realistic hand painted feathers, you'll be proud of your Crazy Crow warbonnet!
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  • 4-BAND BROADCLOTH - Specials & New Items
    4-BAND BROADCLOTH - Specials & New Items 4-Band Broadcloth in Navy features a traditional edge popular into the mid-1900s. Excellent for leggings, breechclouts, aprons, vests, trailers, skirts, blankets & straight dance suits. 60 inch width.
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  • MOCCASINS & FOOTWEAR - Introducing New Styles
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  • Plains Hi-Top Moccasin Pattern - Missouri River Patterns
    Plains Hi-Top Moccasin Pattern - Missouri River Patterns This pattern takes all the guesswork out of moccasin making! Using our simple, illustrated moccasin instructions, even a beginner can create a fine looking pair of authentic hi-top leather moccasins.
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  • PENDLETON ACCESSORIES - Great Gift Ideas!
    PENDLETON ACCESSORIES - Great Gift Ideas! Pendleton accessories feature the highly popular Pendleton blanket designs in fine quality wool, complete with the Pendleton label. Towels, bags, cases, mugs & more, make great gifts anytime.
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  • Beaded Rosettes - Authentic Indian Designs
    Beaded Rosettes - Authentic Indian Designs We offer a wide selection of imported classic & contemporary American Indian design rosettes to meet demand for an economical line of quality beadwork.
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    MANDALAS & KITS - Hand Made Wall Art American Indian Mandalas represent powerful symbols, descendants of plains Indian shields & medicine wheels. Hand painted designs & natural materials result in wall hangings that enhance your decor.
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  • SCALP LOCKS - 1000 Craft Uses!
    SCALP LOCKS - 1000 Craft Uses! Endless applications, including war shirts, leggings, blanket strips, shields, etc. Made from trimmed black or white horsehair and secured by a 1 inch metal cone with long sinew lace ties. Overall length 8 inches.
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  • JEWELRY GIFT IDEAS - Missouri River Brand
    JEWELRY GIFT IDEAS - Missouri River Brand We are proud to offer this beautiful line of full color jewelry. Authentically designed and produced in the finest quality genuine cloisonne. Each item is individually carded.
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  • AMAZING NEW WARBONNET BOOK! - The Plains Warbonnet
    AMAZING NEW WARBONNET BOOK! - The Plains Warbonnet New book is the most comprehensive warbonnet book available. Presents the story behind the warbonnet & provides full details on making the various style. 130+ photos, most in color, 35+ color illus.
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  • Beaded Strips - Authentic Indian Designs
    Beaded Strips - Authentic Indian Designs There has always been a great demand for an economical line of beaded strips, cuffs, clouts and rosettes, so we carry a very nice line of imported beadwork to meet this need.
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  • MOCCASIN MAKING DVD - Make Moccasins that Fit!
    MOCCASIN MAKING DVD - Make Moccasins that Fit! 55 minute presentation by Frank White is the perfect companion for the Craft Manual of North American Indian Footwear, on which it was based. Complete, closeup, step-by-step detai is demonstrated.
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  • MISSOURI RIVER KITS - Quality Dance Fan Kits
    MISSOURI RIVER KITS - Quality Dance Fan Kits Quality Native American In-dian dance fan craft kits from Crazy Crow provide everything you need to make a flat or loose-feather imi-tation eagle feather dance fan. A loose feather pheasant tail feather fan kit is also available.
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  • BEADED EARRING BOOK - Techniques & Designs
    BEADED EARRING BOOK - Techniques & Designs Great for beginner or advanced craftspersons interested in making beaded earrings. Detailed, full-color illus. & photos provide step-by-step instructions, plus patterns, graphs, & recommended materials & supplies.
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  • VIDEO BEADWORK SERIES - How to Bead- 5 Vols
    VIDEO BEADWORK SERIES - How to Bead- 5 Vols These DVDs guide a beginning beadworker through projects, from buying supplies & drawing designs to actually beading & finishing the project. Includes beading tips from experienced beadworkers.
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  • PENDLETON BAGS & ACCESSORIES - Great Gift Idea!
    PENDLETON BAGS & ACCESSORIES - Great Gift Idea! Pendleton quality continues with these beautifully designed accessories. From the hand Duffle Bag to the convenient Tote Bag these items will last through years of enjoyment.
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  • LEATHER FOR ALL PROJECTS - All Types of Buckskin!
    LEATHER FOR ALL PROJECTS - All Types of Buckskin! Buckskin, Elk Hide & Cowhide in a variety of qualities, tanning methods & colors ideal for Garment & Craft projects. Leather & hide tips sheet free with your purchase! Great selection of hard-to-get Belt, Drum & Moccasin Sole Leather.
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  • INNOVATION! - Feather & Fan Cases
    INNOVATION! - Feather & Fan Cases Semi-rigid cases feature a stiffener to protect from bending, a soft, foam-padded velour interior to cushion your feathers, a handy zipper closure & a suede-like exterior covering in buckskin color. Think of them as CD cases for feathers.
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  • A FOCUS ON FEATHERS
    A FOCUS ON FEATHERS By Andrew Forsythe- Newly available! An excellent resource for feather reproductions including painting, use in bustles and other clothing, feather laws, bird species and more.
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Making a Rawhide Shield

Making Rawhide that Stays Flat

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There are several steps in using powder paints/earth pigments to paint rawhide:

Understanding Why Rawhide Warps

Bottom Line: Rawhide will always be subject to warping due to humidity. Also, since rawhide is not uniformly thick it will expand and shrink accordingly. Additionally, if it is painted, the rawhide will absorb some moisture, causing it to expand in the painted areas but not in the unpainted areas.

For rawhide that is not permanently stretched in a frame, etc., there is no ready solution to be able to get it perfectly flat and for it to stay that way. It will always be warping whenever the humidity changes. (Even bringing it out of the house for several hours, then returning it can subject it to humidity changes.)

The only good partial solution to keep rawhide fairly flat is to physically wrestle with it and try to bend it over the knee, etc., in the areas that are warped the worst in an effort to get it somewhat flat.

Keeping it Flat: The "Old Way" to Make a Shield:

Making a Rawhide Shield

If really FLAT rawhide that won't change shape is desired, then a fresh green hide is required. (The hip section of a buffalo or cow is desired - NOT the hump, as has been reported erroneously in the literature.) This should be a section about 3 times the size of the desired finished shield, and then it must be fleshed and de-haired.

  • Dig a pit about 15"-18" deep with a diameter a little larger than the size of the finished shield.
  • Heat enough rocks to half fill the pit. This will take 3-4 hours.
  • After the rocks are heated, place them in the pit, and then the rawhide is staked all around the edge of the hole except for about a 12" gap. See Figure 1.
  • The un-staked edge is lifted and water is thrown in on the hot rocks. See Figure 2.
  • Then the rest of the hide is staked down.
  • Making a Rawhide Shield
  • The rawhide will immediately start to visibly shrink, and the crafter must continually rub it with a wet rag to keep it from getting hot spots from uneven heat distribution.
  • Every so often, the hide has to be re-staked as the edges of the hide move closer in to the edge of the pit, and the hide will be shrinking and start to pull the pegs out.
  • When the hide is re-staked, more water must be sprinkled on the rocks and sometimes new hot rocks are put in, as well.
  • This process goes on all afternoon, but, at the end of the day, the hide has shrunk to about 1/3 its original diameter, is about 3x as thick, and unlikely to be noticeably affected by humidity.
  • Of course, when the shrinking is done, the peg holes should be cut off around the edges to make a nice, neat shield.
  • This is normally an all-day process and must be done if one wishes to make a completely authentic shield that will retain its shape regardless of almost any conditions.

For information on painting your rawhide shield, see Powder Paint Preperation & Application Tips.

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The following items are useful in working with rawhide for various projects.

Feather Preparation Products
Stiff enough for drums, parfleches, etc. This commercial product is a perfect substitute for Indian cured rawhide (except moccasin soles). Code: 1709-050-800   Price: 90.00
Feather Preparation Products
Stiff enough for drums, parfleches, etc. This commercial product is a perfect substitute for Indian cured rawhide (except moccasin soles). Code: 1709-100-800   Price: 169.00
Feather Preparation Products
We are extremely pleased to bring you these hard-to-find rawhides in traditional materials! Deer rawhides (avg. 10-12 SF) are fairly light in weight and better for smaller projects such as quillwork, smaller hand drums, etc. The elk (avg. 20-22 SF) is larger and better suited for larger drums and parfleches, while the buffalo (avg. 28-30 SF) is considerably larger and much heavier and darker in color than the elk and deer. Code: 1712-100-800   Price: 249.00
Feather Preparation Products
We are extremely pleased to bring you these hard-to-find rawhides in traditional materials! Deer rawhides (avg. 10-12 SF) are fairly light in weight and better for smaller projects such as quillwork, smaller hand drums, etc. The elk (avg. 20-22 SF) is larger and better suited for larger drums and parfleches, while the buffalo (avg. 28-30 SF) is considerably larger and much heavier and darker in color than the elk and deer. Code: 1713-100-800   Price: 399.00
Feather Preparation Products
Thick, white 16 diameter rawhide to make your own shield. Pre-cut circles, all you do is add the finishing touches. Code: 1725-001-026   Price: 35.00
Feather Preparation Products

Complete instructions for making rawhide are covered in this informative video. Beginning with hide preparation, fleshing, de-hairing & drying, you will learn how to lay out, paint, cut & complete your parfleche. Based on their extensive experience, the Brewers interesting discussion cover everything from the preparation to various uses for rawhide, along with tips and facts on tools. 56 minutes.

The Indian Lore Seminar series features recorded seminars from some of the masters of Indian crafts. Neither edited nor condensed each presentation gives you the full experience of being there and learning with the participants.

Selected for quality, content and authenticity they will help you learn all about Native American & Buckskinning craft techniques, outfits, dance styles and much more. To help you improve your skills and knowledge, nothing is better than observing and learning first hand from an master craftsperson in the field, sharing the tips & techniques gained over many years of experience.

Code: 4085-007-005   Price: 19.95
Feather Preparation Products

Mabel Morrow- First published in 1975 and last available in 1993, until reprinted by Crazy Crow Trading Post, this definitive study has long been the primary resource on the unique American Indian art form of rawhide parfleche production. "Indian Rawhide: An American Folk Art" includes detailed discussions on methods of preparation, tool usage and tribal decorations and is essential for anyone interested in collecting or reproducing rawhide containers. Of special interest is a chart of parfleche design characteristics, so that articles can be identified according to tribe or area. Includes 55 photographs, 80 color pattern designs and 74 line drawings. 256 pages. SC.

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Feather Preparation Products

Indians and frontiersmen alike often made sheaths from parfleche, the specially prepared rawhide perfected by Indians.


Basic Parfleche Knife Sheath Kit Includes:

  • heavily illustrated instructions and designs
  • pre-cut sheath blank
  • red and blue wool binding
  • leather lace
  • old-style low dome brass tacks
  • old-style brass beads
  • lacing needle
  • powdered hide glue

Deluxe Parfleche Knife Sheath Kit Includes:

Deluxe Kit contains all of the above, PLUS Earth Pigment Kit (red, blue, yellow, & black powder paints, powdered hide glue, wooden "paint brushes"

Code: 4860-012   Price: 14.50
Feather Preparation Products

Makes a thick, white rawhide shield 16 in diameter.

Shield Kitincludes:

  • 1 round piece of thick rawhide
  • 1 piece red felt 3 x 72
  • 12 imitation eagle feathers 12-14
  • 1 leather thong
  • 1 bobbin thread
  • illustrated instructions
Code: 4832-001-001   Price: 49.00
Feather Preparation Products
For an authentic age-old adhesive, try our powdered hide glue. Simply mix with water for arrow hafting, sinew backing of bows and parfleche sizing. Use with powdered paint mix as a fixative. Join wood or repair cracks. The list is endless. Liquid hide glue has a shelf life within which it must be used, but the powder version will last indefinitely. Code: 4953-044-004   Price: 1.50
Feather Preparation Products
A traditional adhesive in a modern-day convenient form. Helpful in many craft applications including sinew backing of bows, arrow making & flint knife construction. Sold in 4 oz. ready-to-use bottles. Code: 4953-041-016   Price: 5.95
Feather Preparation Products

This natural earth paint can be used to color everything from parfleches to articles of buckskin clothing. Simply rub dry powder into buckskin or mix with water and paint on other items. It also doubles as a safe, non-toxic face paint when mixed with mineral oil.


For more information, see Powder Paint Preperation & Application Tips


Order Instructions:

  • You may select assorted colors for the quantity discount.
  • Select the color desired. .
  • To order multiple colors, use the "continue shopping" button to return and enter another selection..
Code: 6506-001   Price: 3.50

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