Buffalo Chips – Bison Dung

  Buffalo Chips- what are they used for? In these snippets of articles you will find how popular the buffalo chips were and how very important they were to the development of the west. Some go on a little further than a snippet, it was just too interesting and I had to keep going. It told how they struggled, eating dog, pulling wagons up cliffs with ropes, eating raw meat, leaving their belongings behind, burning their wooden items for heat and cooking.    [“ buffalo chips , ” or bois de vache ,  French ]  Today several states hold a “buffalo-chip … Read more

Horned War Bonnet or Headdress

The American History site: Buffalo headdresses were usually worn by warriors. Buffalo headdresses were made using buffalo’s horns, fur, and tail. This type of headdress was important for ceremonial and spiritual celebrations. Only well-known male warriors wore buffalo headdress. Only a few Native Indians wore this horned headdress because only a few tribes used this and only warriors of particular clans or people who had accomplished brave deeds can wear bison horns. James Adair-1775  “History of the American Indian.” (providing a survey of southern Indian history from the 1740s through the 1760s, particularly the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, and Choctaw) I … Read more

White Buffalo

 The Once Rare -White Buffalo Throughout history, I have read about white buffalo sightings or buffalo with white spots. I have also read many times about domestic cattle running with a herd of wild bison. Some ranchers today believe that bison will not naturally cross with cattle when roaming together. Animals do one thing very well and that is breed. “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with.” (song by Stephen Stills} Personally I am not a fan of the forced crosses. It does absolutely nothing to promote our bison. What all these animals … Read more

Natives

While checking for information about the Natives of North America, you can use the search bar for the keyword to locate more stories for that year or tribe. Most Recent Articles on the bottom.   Announcement: We have an Old Native Bison Skull that we need help in researching. Please take a look and let us know if you can help. Any information would be greatly appriciated. Thank you. Native Painted Bison Skull.   Native languages was the source for most of the buffalo/bison terms below. In Plains Indian languages in general, male and female buffaloes are distinguished, with each … Read more

What part of the bison was used?

What did the Indians use from the buffalo? Natives & Whites The Indians used almost every piece of the buffalo in one way or another. “It gave its life so Indians could live. The buffalo’s generosity provided Indians with food and shelter. Indian people modeled the buffalo’s generosity, and it became fundamental to the economy of the American Indian.” Richard B. Williams ~Oglala Lakota BONES – Knives-Awls-Quirts-Tableware-Tools-Shovel – Scrapers-Pipes-Saddle Tree- Fleshing Tool- Paint Brush-Splints- Arrowheads- War Clubs- Game Dice- Toys- Tools- Shields- Fertilizer-Sleds-Saddle Tree-Scrapers-Jewelry RAWHIDE – Containers-Shields-Buckets-Moccasins-Drums-Splints-Mortar-Cinch-Ropes-Sheath-Saddle Tree-Stirrups-Bull Boats-Masks-Par Fleche-Ornaments-Straps(Sewing)-Caps-Quirt-Snowshoes-Water Trough Then they take a buffalo green hide, covered with … Read more

1884

<< Previous  Next>> / Manitoba Free Press Winnipeg Manitoba Can Jan 2 1884 SL Bedson bison herd /   / The Daily Republican Monongahela, Pennsylvania Mar 22 1884 THE BISON CHASE The prairie stretches on, and on, a boundless, bellowing see! As free as Rovers of the main, are gallant steeds and we! Then ho! hillo! Draw well the girth, knot tight strong for fast far we o! Aye, ready, comrades? Ready all! The day is just begun- Hurrah! Rare sport we’ll see, I ween, before the set of sun! Then ho! hillo! Our horses sniff the clear, crisp air … Read more