Thanks for your comment Cindy,
Re: "Did they hang the meat in great hunks"
Native Americans made buffalo jerky by cutting the meat into strips, stringing it up, and drying in sun, as we do nowadays with laundry. Unlike the Europeans, the Native Americans did not use salt to preserve meat (and this was, perhaps, ultimately a healthier choice in the end), but relied on the sun to dry the meat. The process for making buffalo jerky is quite simple, and there are places which offer this traditional delicacy today.
How did Lakota people make a tipi?
To make a tipi, buffalo hides were soaked in the brains of the animal as a lubricant to make the fibers of the hide pliable after they dried. This is known as “brain-tanning.” Since there was no thread, native people sewed with “sinew,” or long fibers from muscles located close to the spine, which were shredded into long, thin strips.