Buffalo: The Story of American Bison and Their Hunters from Prehistoric Times to the Present

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In this broad survey of buffalo from prehistoric times to the twentieth century, Francis Haines focuses on the relationship between buffalo and the Plains Indians. He describes in detail how the Indians utilized the buffalo for clothing, bedding, and various tools and as their principal source of food. The Indians hunted buffalo before and after they acquired horses, and they followed the migrations to survive. In the nineteenth century, however, massive buffalo hunts spurred on by the westward expansion of the ...
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Overview

In this broad survey of buffalo from prehistoric times to the twentieth century, Francis Haines focuses on the relationship between buffalo and the Plains Indians. He describes in detail how the Indians utilized the buffalo for clothing, bedding, and various tools and as their principal source of food. The Indians hunted buffalo before and after they acquired horses, and they followed the migrations to survive. In the nineteenth century, however, massive buffalo hunts spurred on by the westward expansion of the United States drove the buffalo nearly to extinction. In his foreword, David Dary summarizes more than a century of scholarship on the buffalo. He also provides an updated state-by-state listing on where interested readers can find buffalo today in nearly every state.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806127811
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Man and Buffalo in North America 1
2 Prehistoric Bison in North America 7
3 Early Hunters on the Great Plains 17
4 The Buffalo's Life Cycle and Distribution 28
5 Horses for the Buffalo Hunters 36
6 The Southern Plains: Apache and Comanche 48
7 Tribes of the Woodland Fringe: Osage and Sioux 59
8 The Blackfeet 65
9 Buffalo East of the Mississippi 73
10 The Golden Age of the Plains Indians 80
11 Explorers and Mountain Men 89
12 The Santa Fe Trail 98
13 Blackfeet and the Upper Missouri Fur Trade 108
14 The Great Killer 118
15 Buffalo and the Canadian Fur Traders 123
16 The Oregon and California Trails 134
17 Comanche Wars for the Southern Buffalo Range 149
18 The Diminishing Herds 156
19 Buffalo Country Troubles, 1860-65 166
20 Cattle and Railroads in the Buffalo Country 172
21 The Last Stand of the Plains Tribes 180
22 The Great Slaughter 188
23 Gleaning the Leavings 200
24 The Dying Flame 208
25 Crossbreeding Buffalo and Cattle 213
26 Preservation of the Species 217
Appendix: Where to See the Buffalo 225
Selected Bibliography 229
Index 231
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