Woven bison hair rope with knotted ends decorated with red wool broadcloth

sık̉éemnım húukux nıkéeˀnıkeˀs

Nez Perce
ca. 1820 – 1845

Interpretive text from Nimiipuu Tribal Committee:
"These ropes were utilized in a variety of ways by our people. They could be used simply as a halter or lead rope, or fashioned into a type of bridle by tying to the jaw of the horse with a series of hitches and running both ends around the neck and passing the longer end through the 'honda' forming the 'rein.' The remainder would be gathered and secured under the belt of the rider and could be used to catch the horse, if separated from the rider."

Bison hair, hemp fiber, wool. L 823, W 1 cm
Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 8742