You Be the Historian

Historians are like detectives. They study clues to learn about the past. It's your turn to be the historian! Your job is to figure out the stories that the buffalo hide painting tells about the northern Plains Indians and the buffalo.

The pictures on the hide painting are your main source of information. But, like a historian, you will need to study more than just one source.

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These icons represent the different kinds of evidence that historians study to learn about the past.
Primary sources like these provide historians with a direct link to people and events from the past.

When you think you've figured out the story (or if you are stumped), click on Compare Notes with a Smithsonian Historian for our interpretation of the evidence.

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