At the core of the Lakota culture is the buffalo or "Tatanka". For thousands of years, the lives of the Buffalo Nation and the Lakota people were spiritually and physically interconnected as herds roamed free across the North American plains, this nomadic tribe followed. As long as the North American buffalo roamed free and bountiful, the Plains Indians were able to remain sovereign. Buffalo were their lifelinethe Indians had a symbiotic relationship with them, and always honored the mighty beasts for the many blessings they provided.To the Plains Indians, "Tatanka" provided all the necessary elements of life. They not only ate the meat but fashioned tools and weapons from the bones and made clothing and shelter from the skin. Dried buffalo meat, called pemmican, provided food to eat through the winter. Buffalo bones were also carved to make knives, and boiled to make glue. Buffalo skin could be used to make tipis, clothes, moccasins, bedding, parflèches, saddle covers and water-bags. Buffalo horns and hooves were made into cups.
The buffalo is brave they were practically invincible and afraid of nothing and the fearless native warriors reflected these courageous traits in battle. The buffalo were also good family membersand so were the people.
The Buffalo Dance, or Bison Dance, is an annual dance festival of many North American Plains Indians, including the Mandan, Sioux, Cheyenne, Pawnee, and Omaha, among others. The festival traditionally coincided with the return of the buffalo herds, and included a feast and a dance with a number of men wearing buffalo and other animal skins. This pipe tomahawk would have been important to the Buffalo Dance and used throughout the festival.
As the buffalo, or bison, was so central to society, it was important to assure the return of the herd and an abundance of food and resources. A short, 16-second, black-and-white silent 1894 film Buffalo Dance shows people performing the dance.It is notable for being one of the earliest films made featuring Native Americans. The Buffalo Dance can also refer to a section of larger ceremonies and dances, such as the Sun Dance. In some societies it was also a dance more associated with curing the ill, calling on the spirit of the buffalo. Authentic original 1850 Sioux Indian Buffalo Dance pipe tomahawk.
This example has a highly sought after buffalo face and horns cutout on the blade. The iron head has a nice "in the metal" patina and shows good use and wear patterns. The head was forged from a gun barrel and there is a nice lap weld seen as pictured. Along the haft are many hot file brand marks and a single shoulder hole with a nice original trade silver cross, trade cloth, and horse hair drop. Nice old brass tacks are seen as well.
The mouthpiece is well worn and intact. The head of the tomahawk is almost exactly 12 inches long.This is a fine example of a Native American weapon of war and peace pipe in one. If you have a question, please ask. Good luck and God bless the USA! The item "Original 1850 Sioux Indian pipe tomahawk buffalo dance gun barrel head + cross" is in sale since Saturday, March 31, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1800-1934\Weapons". The seller is "rickrestored" and is located in Billings, Montana. This item can be shipped worldwide.