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Although the Zunis are renowned horticulturists, deer hunting was a ritual activity conducted on a communal and individual level. Deerskin was often used for moccasins, full-length dresses and bedding. Deerskin with hair was placed under saddles, and scraped fine, could be used for writing on or as medicine pouches. During ceremonial dances, women wore a white wrap of deerskin on their shins known as puttee.

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"We-Wa, a Zuni berdache, full length portrait - NARA - 523798" by John K. Hillers, 1843-1925 is licensed under Public Domain.

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