The Craft Tip information for this issue regards how to paint rawhide for parfleche manufacturing. At the end of the article, you will find resources and links for additional information related to parfleche painting. Native Americans have made rawhide storage containers for many generations. This specially prepared rawhide was referred to by the Europeans as "parfleche" (PAR-flesh). The material used was predominantly buffalo, but elk and beef rawhide can also be used. Parfleche containers were usually decorated with earth pigment paint.
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