Parfleche

Parfleche is a container made of rawhide that were used by a variety of Plains Aboriginal people. The name was given by the VOYAGEURS and fur traders referring to the shape and durability of the untanned skin. Parfleche is a single piece of prepared hide that folds much like an envelope for storage of dried meat (PEMMICAN) and other food. Saddlebags, tubular headdress containers and small pouches for personal belongings were also all made of light, durable rawhide and were often painted or decorated with QUILLWORK.