Dakota Bow

Creation: Not earlier than 1860 - Not later than 1865
An example of a Dakota bow. A powerful and convenient weapon, they were made from hardwood such as hickory or ash, which made them strong. The inside surface of the bow is painted red. The bow was collected by Col. John G. Clark, Fort Rice, Dakota Territory. It is thought to have been used in the U.S.-Dakota War. 
Dakota used bows to hunt animals for food, clothing, and shelter. Communities often moved to chosen hunting grounds, making sure no area was overhunted.  Ohanwaste, or generosity toward everyone, was an important part of the Dakota hunter's life.