Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A Bison Culture

 First Nations peoples of the Plains deemed the bison a sacred part of their story. A display case here includes a bison skull and spear points. 

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a World Heritage Site in Alberta, and part of the hunting culture of the First Nations. A model of the site, with tribal hunters driving a herd of bison, is here.

The next geographic area to be examined is the East Coast First Nations peoples.

A display case includes reproductions or originals of spear points used for fishing, the tooth of a shark, and effigies of whales, animals that would have been encountered by First Nations fishermen.


  1. Interesting to learn about other cultures.

  2. So interesting to read about William, the aerial images of the bison on the move are excellent ✨

  3. Hello,
    I like the images of the herd of bison. I have seen them in Yellowstone NP, they are amazing to see up close. Take care, have a happy day!

  4. @Nancy: it is.

    @Iris: indeed.

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Eileen: they are.

  5. ...once an important part of life!

  6. I remember learning of the bison runs like that one. What an interesting museum.

  7. Love the name of that heritage site, Head...Jump.

  8. We managed to get to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump back in '03. Glad we did.

    1. Oops no. We didn't get that far west in '03, it was 2000.

  9. It was unbelievable how many bison roamed the plains before the white man began the slaughter.

  10. Herding animals that way gives reason to be a vegetarian.

  11. @Tom: true.

    @DJan: it is.

    @Marie: yes, quite a name.

    @Anvilcloud: I have not been there.

    @RedPat: I think so.

    @Red: quite true.

    @Maywyn: it may be, but it's also rather resourceful.

  12. The bison are very impressive animals.
    A wonderful display and info.

  13. There is a lot of information to read there.

  14. What a sight it must have been to have seen vast herds of bison crossing the prairies!

  15. Those tribal hunters driving a herd of bison is very impressive.
    I have seen this before, but I don't know whether that was here or in a documentary.

  16. Such magnificent animals. Seeing them in their herds must have been a sight to behold.

  17. My state, Ohio, was once populated completely by bison. I found that amazing, in my childhood.

  18. Wow can imagine the sound of the hooves when the bison herd passed by!

  19. William - this post caught my eye with the reference to bison. We are visiting Yellowstone right now and have seen quite a few bison. I like the exhibit that shows how the jumps were managed. Very fascinating!

  20. The bison are quite amazing -- so large!

  21. Intriguing post ~ the bison traveling is especially good~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. and I just wondered how a huge bison could be killed with a small spear. mystery solved :-)

  23. @Bill: they are.

    @Marleen: indeed.

    @Revrunner: if only we could have seen.

    @Jan: possibly a documentary.

    @Gemel: it would have been.

  24. @Joanne: and they were nearly completely wiped out.

    @Magiceye: they'd leave quite a wake behind.

    @Angie: I find bison fascinating.

    @Jeanie: they're remarkable animals.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Klara: with lots of courage too.