Medicine Shields of the Blackfoot

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Additional Information

Image Size:23"w x 22"h
Limited Edition of:650
Production Date:November 2006
Weight 80 oz
Dimensions 50 × 5 × 5 in
Edition Type


Image Size

23"w x 22"h

Limited Edition of


Production Date

November 2006


132 in stock


Among the Blackfoot people the shield was the most cherished and protected possession. Above all, it was a medicine object. Medicine shields have dream or vision origins. Making a shield could be a lengthy process involving several people, but it had to start with the hide taken from the neck and shoulder of a bull buffalo. Once the hair was removed, this thick hide was then placed over a fire pit filled with hot stones and staked to the ground. The heat of the stones would gradually shrink the hide until it was about one inch thick. It was then painted and decorated to conform with the owner’s dream. When the shield was not carried by the owner on a war party, it was supported on a tripod outside the tepee on sunny days and as the sun moved, the tripod was turned so that the face of the shield would always be in direct sunlight.