Bison hair rope, Nez Perce

Summary: 
Made by a male member of the Nez Perce Tribe 1820s-1845. Acquired by Henry Spalding and sent to Dudley Allen. Purchased by the Nez Perce Tribe from the Ohio Historical Society in 1996.
Description: 

One flat woven bison hair rope with knotted ends decorated with red wool broadcloth. Nez Perce origin. Weaving includes five tightly woven two-ply twisted strands of lengths of bison hair approximately 5-8 inches which have been continuously added to each strand to produce lengths. One end is tied with a hide thong to keep the ends from unravelling.

Cultural Narrative: 

Made by youth and adult males in Nez Perce culture. Preferred hair from animal hides of the winter and spring hunts.