Examples of Plains Indian Shields

American Indian shields, war shield, dance shield, medicine shield, etc.

Shields used by Native American Indians in battle and also decorated with anything that would add power to the wearer. A shield was very important in that it would sometimes be the first thing an enemy would see and it needed to be very powerful to frighten off anyone that would do harm.

Cheyenne Shield

Chief Little Rock shield (Cheyenne) ca. 1860/ 1868 made for Fort Sill Museum, Oklahoma

hand made hard shield to resemble buffalo hump, brain tanned buffalo, brass bells, various feathers, earth clay paints, corn husks, etc.


There were many types of shields used by the Plains Indian. Among them, there was the shield made from the hump or the rump of the buffalo and then covered with a soft skin shield cover, or the other type of shield made of buffalo rawhide but supported with a handmade wooden hoop. We are offering both options.

Shield with handmade wooden hoop

hard shield with buffalo or deer skin cover

medicine shields | war shields | dance shields

shield cover made of brain tanned buffalo and hard shield made from buffalo rawhide

This shield is based the shield cover is based on a museum replica Oglala Sioux shield but have incorporated the clients personal medicine on the shield and shield cover.

Sioux shield
shield cover ( brain tanned buffalo) based on Rain in the Face's shield, but we have changed the Thunderbird / Eagle as per the clients request & added a few items that the client also wanted on the shield.
Sioux shield with shield cover
Rain In The Face
Lakota shield
Rain in the Face (SIOUX) replica shield from b & w photograph above

Inspired by Rain in the Face's (Lakota Sioux) shield cover (left), Hard buffalo rawhide shield based on a Hidatsa museum shield

Plains Indian Sheild
Sioux shield
Plains Indian shield

Lakota Sioux Thunderbird War shield (based on a museum example)

elk rawhide | hand made wooden hoop

Native American shield
Black War Bonnet ca 1863
Plains buffalo hump / rump shield featuring a bear - painted with clay paints, beads, Eagle fluffs, hide glue, sinew, etc.
Replica museum SIOUX brain tan buffalo soft cover featuring either human or horse hair, otter and coyote fur. Painted with earth pigment paints.
Crow shield
Buffalo hump shield
Plains Indian shield
American Indian shield
buffalo rump / hump shield
Crow shield replica - circa mid 19th century (with human hair locks) - New Orleans Museum, Louisiana

Four Directions ca. 1873

hand made wooden hoop, rawhide, trade cloth, deer skin, hawk bells, etc.

Repro 1877

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