Definition of buffalo robe in US English:

buffalo robe


  • A rug, cloak, or blanket made from the dressed hide of a North American bison.

    • ‘They come in blankets and buffalo robes and a few of them in their bare skins, a motley, dirty throng.’
    • ‘Over these short six years of whisky trade with the Blackfoot in southern Alberta, an estimated 150,000 buffalo robes went south to Fort Benton, Montana.’
    • ‘Until the arrival of the Spanish, the Apaches and the Pueblos had enjoyed a mercantile relationship: Pueblos traded their agricultural products and pottery to the Apaches in exchange for buffalo robes and dried meat.’
    • ‘After yielding his blankets and sleeping spot in one of the wagons to another traveler who was ill, Langford tried to make himself comfortable on the ground in a buffalo robe.’
    • ‘Canadian authorities blamed American traders like Schultz for keeping Canadian bands south of the border by offering large sums of money and gifts in exchange for buffalo robes and their treaty annuities.’
    • ‘The horse-rich families with thirty horses apiece would go to Buffalo to hunt for meat and robes or to trade horses for buffalo robes for clothing.’
    • ‘Every one of the men, women, and children was well mounted, with ‘at least 300 horses… loaded with buffalo robes and dried meat’ that they hoped to trade with the tribes nearer the coast.’
    • ‘The Northern Cheyennes had entered Crazy Horse's village after spending weeks traveling through the Powder River Valley of Wyoming and Montana territories with scant food and little besides a few blankets and buffalo robes.’
    • ‘After spending two weeks in the settlements looking for evidence under the guise of collecting taxes, Healy seized buffalo robes worth about $2,000 and arrested three men on charges of smuggling.’
    • ‘In the winter, separate skin sleeves were added to these dresses along with a buffalo robe.’
    • ‘Devalon Small Legs, a cultural advisor from the Peigan First Nation, heard about Turner's comment after he had transferred a buffalo robe to Turner at the closing ceremonies of the bison conference.’
    • ‘It was hard for the Indians to resist the temptations of the rough settlements, and in 1869 there was essentially no civil law punishing those whites who sought Indians out to trade whiskey for buffalo robes, horses, or women.’
    • ‘They included buffalo robes, blankets, flour, dried meat and salmon, coffee, beadwork, and cooking utensils-in short, ‘everything but their arms and horses.’’
    • ‘Drawn south by the contraction of these herds and by the high price American traders offered for buffalo robes, the southernmost of the Cree bands established a presence in northern Montana.’
    • ‘Bison hunting distinguished itself m two other critical ways-it allowed the hunters to trade buffalo robes for guns, ammunition, and manufactured goods.’
    • ‘The Indian also was wearing a bearskin and was rolled up inside a buffalo robe - and he was plainly alive because every now and then there was a puff of steam from somewhere inside the mound of furs.’
    • ‘Because much of the Indian trade involved buffalo robes, the diminution of the large western herds especially affected Fort Union.’