This animal hide was bathed in brain juice to preserve it and keep it from deteriorating. Hunting was very important for Native American survival and the hides from deer, elk, and buffalo were used to create many things including clothing, shelters, rugs, and bags. After a hide was finished soaking in brain juices it would be hung out to dry in the sun. Once dry, it could next be cut and shaped in a variety of ways. If hide was being used for clothing, it had to be stretched, tanned, and sewn. In some cases the leather would be decorated with important symbols and patterns that may have represented someone's occupation in the tribe.