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Buffalo Effigy

Possibly Crow

Not on view

This ancient stone carving embodies the importance of the buffalo in the lives of Plains Indians. With lowered heads, imposing humps, and straight sloping backs, the carving references both the creature’s monumental form and great speed. This effigy—found in the Wind River Basin in Wyoming and attributed to the Crow people who occupied the region—is a Plains bison. It was likely used in hunting rituals or possibly in healing ceremonies.

Buffalo Effigy, Limestone, Possibly Crow

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