This bison hide coat, from the collection of Nez Perce National Historical Park, belonged to Sam Slickpoo. The coat, which was commercially-made, dates to the 1880's. Such coats were designed specifically designed to have tailored sleeves, a black cotton lining, button loops, and side pockets. The indiscriminate slaughter of bison by commercial hunters to supply the eastern hide markets nearly caused the species' extinction by 1889.


  • Title: Bison Coat
  • Physical Dimensions: H 131.0, W 158.0 cm
  • Subject Keywords: bison, coat, Nez Perce National Historical Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior Museum Program
  • Original Source: NPS photo/Nez Perce National Historical Park
  • Medium: bison hide

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