Bison hair rope, Nez Perce

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.

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.