Travois

A device used for transportation by the Plains Aboriginal people.

Tsuut\u2019ina Travois and Tipi
Astokumi (Crow Collar) and wife, Tsuut\u2019ina Indigenous people.
Travois
The horse-drawn travois was adapted from the earlier travois pulled by dogs (artwork by Gordon Miller).
Blackfoot travois
Travois
Stump Horn and family (Southern Cheyenne); showing home and horse-drawn travois (1890).

A device used for transportation by the Plains Indigenous people. The travois consisted of two long poles, each lashed to the sides of the dog (and later horse) to pull the travois. The poles dragged behind and a frame carried household baggage, including the tipi cover. The webbed willow frame attached to the Assiniboine travois was circular, and the Blackfoot constructed both round and rectangular frames. The dog travois of pre-European times was small, capable of pulling not more than 20 to 30 kg. When dogs were replaced by horses, the greater pulling power allowed tipis to increase in size and household goods to multiply.


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