This year's Wyoming Archaeology apparel design is adapted from a shield currently on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. The bear painted on the rawhide shield is attributed to the Hidatsa. It represents a grizzly bear, the most powerful wildlife animal in Wyoming. Grizzlies are both feared and revered. Not surprisingly, Plains Indians recognized them as symbols of strength and courage. Bears were illustrated on shields, robes, tipi covers, in ledger drawings and rock art; imitated in dances and songs; and used as a name for successful warriors. Bears on shields are often shown with the whole body in profile, but bear paws arranged in various ways on the shield are also common. One motif shows a bear’s forequarters as the bear emerges from its den. The “standing bear” motif on this shield is a striking example of a full facing bear. It is there to protect the shield’s owner and to symbolically attack the enemy. The bows and guns to the side of the bear probably represent weapons captured by the shield’s owner. The design is used with the concurrence of the Hidatsa Tribe.
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. In the last 100 years five museums have been built which encompass art, history, science, Native peoples, and firearms as well as a world class research library. Historical as well as contemporary issues in conservation and history are addressed through exhibits. If you are traveling to Cody we encourage you to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month
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Celebrated annually in September, Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month (WAAM) consists of a series of statewide activities and programs devoted to discussing archaeological issues and to educating the public about the importance of preserving and protecting Wyoming’s archaeological heritage.