In the Native American tongue Lakota, a language still to be heard today in the Dakotas, the American buffalo is called tatanka, or ‘he who owns us’. For the people of the Northern Plains, this animal provided life; without the tatanka there was no life. Daily life revolved around sacred references to the beast which provided clothing, meat, housing and tools for the many communities across the Great Plains. Before white man ventured westwards around 1800, it is estimated that there were some 30-35 million bison in the northern hemisphere of the New World. For profit and for containment of Native American peoples, the European quickly took to the mass hunting of bison. This process was so vociferous, that in the period 1820-60 the number of American buffalo dwindled to below one thousand. Thanks to late nineteenth century foresight, the species was saved by protection on private reserves and later in state parks. It is illegal to this day to hunt bison without special permit.
The wallpaper is imported from the United States especially for your enjoyment. It depicts the dream catcher of Native American ritual. Traditionally, the ojibwe is hung above a cradle to capture the sweet dreams of an infant. In Native American cultures, this object was believed to provide a protective charm over the sleeper.
For this room, we have chosen heritage Americana design cushions by Portland Woollen Mill to adorn the bed. There are two designs, being Native American Indian Chief on War Pony, and Chief with War Bonnet. Above the bed, there is a brilliant orange resin buffalo to greet you with a grunt each time you enter the room.
The room is bright and airy, decorated in mustard yellows and rich creams, bison art, and beautiful soft furnishings. The room is located on the first floor and is configured with a king double bed. The room is triple glazed using the same supplier that the Minster has used throughout the ancient cathedral.