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The word was originally used by French fur traders, and derives from the French language parer meaning "to parry" or "to defend", and flèche meaning "arrow", so called because the hide was tough enough to be used as a shield.
Traditionally women are the main creators of parfleches, first painting stretched out raw hides, then shaping them into their final form. In contemporary culture, both women and men make them.
The bags are traditionally decorated with a distinctive style of graphic artwork, usually depicting landscape features such as rivers and mountains, and even serving as maps.
- Goes In Center, Jhon (Oglala Lakota), "Native American and First Nations' GIS" for Native Geography 2000
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- "Images of parfleche in the Smithsonian's collections". National Museum of the American Indian. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
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