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.

26 comments:

  1. Interesting to learn about other cultures.

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

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  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!

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  4. @Nancy: it is.

    @Iris: indeed.

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Eileen: they are.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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

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