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By nature the Plains Indians were nomadic, and the buffalo herds were practically their sole source of food, clothing, shelter and utensils. When Winter set in and the herds moved South, the tribes packed their possessions and followed upon the huge animals' trail. When the herds stopped in the grassy lowlands or valleys, the Plains tribes camped close by, but usually on the higher ground to avoid scattering the herds. The Indians and buffalo lived side by side. There was a natural order and balance when the Indians and buffalo shared the plains before the white men began to kill off the herds for sport. As Summer came and the herd moved to the cooler North, the Indian families loaded up their belongings once again to return to their northern homelands. At least twice a year the tribes relocated to follow the herds. The first phase of the hunt was to scout the herd and plan the best strategy for attack based on such factors as weather, wind and terrain. In the second phase of the hunt, Tiger depicts the Indian's skill as hunters, surrounding the herd and coming in for the kill. The drama of the event, the force and action of the scene are an historical epic. The third and final scene portrays the Indians as tired, but victorious, dragging home their kill to present to the tribe. The importance of the kill to those waiting in the distant teepees, who based their lives on the hunting skills of the warriors, can not be overstated. When a hunt was a success everyone in the camp enjoyed days of feasting. In the Buffalo Hunt, Tiger has captured with classic expression the three main facets of the hunt: the scouting, the kill, and the return.