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Dust Of Many Pony Soldiers and Matching 5x7 Print
Sioux Flag Carrier
Crossing Below the Falls
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Matching 5x7 print.
this vignette I decided to focus on the sawed-off flintlock. These
Indians called these weapons blanket guns because they could easily be
concealed under a blanket. These flintlocks were also called northwest
trade guns. They were sought
after by men of the various tribes for obvious reasons. Trading posts
usually had blacksmiths and the warriors would trade some item to the
blacksmith in payment for having the barrel cut down. If a warrior could
obtain crude tools, he might modify the gun
himself. The trigger guard on the flintlock was very large so that in
winter a man could get a finger on the trigger with a glove or mitten
on. The early flintlocks were long and awkward to carry on horseback so
eventually many were manufactured at a shorter
length, but the blanket gun was always cut down by hand.
breechclout was a simple and practical way for the Indian man to cloth
himself. In early times, they were made from the hide of an animal and
could be painted and decorated in some fashion. As trade goods became
available, the native
people became more and more dependent on acquiring those goods. Trade
cloth was an important item of trade and was soon used as a replacement
for the hide breechclout. Red was a common and popular color, although
as other colors became available, they could
also be used. The native people were very smart and were adapt at
converting white man’s goods to fit their needs.
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