Hidatsa Buffalo Society
This depiction illustrates the Bull (Male) Society and the importance of the role it plays with the Hidatsa tribe and relative tribe (Mandan).
As the Buffalo was a valuable source of the lifestyle of the plains tribes, it's existence also maintained a spiritual significance in the future of the tribe's connection with nature and the Creator. The rite of painting the buffalo skulls served as a spiritual connection with the buffalo, thanksgiving and a Rites of Passage for young men whom were invited to join the Bull Society. After the skulls were painted, the Bulls would make four public appearances to acknowledge the seasons and dance in designated directions.