It was the supermarket on the Plains, a source of nourishment, tools and utensils, clothing, home furnishings, weapons, sporting goods, transportation equipment, and ceremonial aids.
- Nourishment – Meat, especially the tongue and the hump; blood, heart, intestines ( fat), stomach.
- Tools and Utensils – Bladder (water bucket), rough side of tongue (hairbrush), fat (soap), brains and liver (tanning agents), intestines (pouches).
- Clothing – Robes, shirts, leggings, dresses, belts, moccasins,caps, mittens.
- Home Furnishings – Tepees, blankets, medicine cases, trunks.
- Tools and Utensils – Tobacco pouches, berry bags, cooking vessels, buckets, pictographic records ("winter counts").
- Weapons – Shields, knife sheaths.
- Transportation – Saddles and pads, saddle bags, lariats, horse-watering troughs, dog packs, boats, rafts, snowshoes.
- Recreation – Ball covers, netting for lacrosse, hoops.
- Ceremonial objects – Rattles, masks, winding sheet for the dead.
- Clothing – Headdress ornaments
- Tools and Utensils – Spoons, ladles, cups.
- Weapons – Powder flasks.
- Ceremonial objects – Masks.
- Tools and Utensils – Rawhide rope was pulled through the eye socket to dehair it.
- Ceremonial objects – Antlers; entire head worn as a mask.
- Clothing – Ornaments (teeth were also used).
- Tools and Utensils – Knives, scrapers, hoes (shoulder blades), sewing awls, paintbrush handles.
- Weapons – Arrowheads, lance points.
- Transportation – Sled runners (rib bones).
- Recreation – Counters in gambling games.