Tell Your Story

    Buffalo Hide Painting

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    Hundreds of years ago, the Native Americans of the Plains recorded their memories and told stories by painting scenes on the hides of the buffalo – the animal on which they depended. Use this creative technique to chronicle your own tales.

     

    What you need:

    • Butcher paper or brown craft paper (about 12” x 15”)

    • Crayons

    • Coffee or tea

    • Large bowl

    • Newspaper
    What you do:

    1. Fold the paper in half, long edge to long edge.

    2. Use a crayon to draw half circles over each corner.

    3. Tear along the half circle line to make a rough edge.

    4. Open the paper.

    5. Using colored crayons draw one event you remember.

    6. When you are finished drawing, crumple your paper.

    7. Ask a parent to make some coffee or tea, let it cool, then pour into a large shallow bowl.

    8. Dip the crumbled paper into the tea or coffee. Squeeze or blot out the extra liquid.

    9. Flatten and place on newspaper to dry.