The Sun Dance is an important tradition among the Lakota-Sioux. This dance takes place during the summer and is a celebration of the gifts of the year. Because the buffalo provide an abundance of food and materials for clothing and shelter, the skull of the buffalo is an important part of the ritual. Often adorned with paint and feathers, these skulls are transformed into works of art.
Using an armature of cardboard and tape, second graders used plaster gauze to create their own buffalo skulls. They then used acrylic paint to add color and pattern.