||The Red River Cart
|No iron was used. The frame was held together with wooden pegs. The tires were bound round with strips of raw fresh skin of buffalo or cattle, which as it dried, shrank & held them tightly, forming a hard & durable rim. These carts followed the metis hunting parties & carried the meat of the slain buffalo. They were also employed in transporting freight. Sometimes they were fitted with a round-topped hood of hide or canvas.
Artwork Minnesota Historical Society.
Drawing by Charles W. Jeffreys
from The Picture Gallery of Canadian History