How did Plains Indians carry water while on the move?

atm-logoHow did Plains Indians carry water while on the move?

Michael Wharton
Cottonwood, Arizona

The Plains Indians cleaned out buffalo intestines and stomach, and converted them into “water bags,”  which they carried on horseback.


Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian. His latest book is Wyatt Earp: Showdown at Tombstone.  If you have a question, write:  Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at

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