Bison and People on the North American Great Plains: A Deep Environmental History

Bison and People on the North American Great Plains: A Deep Environmental History


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623494742
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: Connecting the Greater West Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

GEOFF CUNFER is associate professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan and the author of On the Great Plains: Agriculture and Environment, winner of the Agricultural History Society’s Theodore Saloutos Book Award. BILL WAISER is distinguished professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan. A specialist in western and northern Canadian history, he is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Saskatchewan: A New History and Park Prisoners: The Untold Story of Western Canada’s National Parks, 1915–1946.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sterling Evans vii

Preface Geoff Cunfer Bill Waiser ix

1 Overview: The Decline and Fall of the Bison Empire Geoff Cunfer 1

2 Reviewing an Iconic Story: Environmental History and the Demise of the Bison Dan Flores 30

… People and Bison in the Ancient Past

3 A Bison's View of Landscape and the Paleoenvironment Alwynne B. Beaudoin 51

4 A Hunter's Quest for Fat Bison Jack W. Brink 90

5 An Overview of Prehistoric Communal Bison Hunting on the Great Plains Ernest G. Walker 122

… Acceleration European Contact and the Horse Revolution

6 A Fur Trade Historian's View of Seasonal Bison Movements on the Northern Plains Ted Binnema 159

7 A Horse-Man's View of a Grassland Revolution Elliott West 178

8 A Métis View of the Summer Market Hunt on the Northern Plains George Colpitis 201

… Tipping Point Nineteenth-Century Cataclysm

9 A Tanner's View of the Bison Hunt: Global Tanning and Industrial Leather Jennifer Hansen 227

10 A Legislator's View of Bison Collapse: The 1877 North-West Territories Bison Protection Ordinance Bill Waiser 245

11 A Rancher's View of the Post-Bison West: Filling the Vacuum Matt Todd 263

12 A Lakota View of Pté Oyáte (Buffalo Nation) David C. Posthumus 278

Contributors 311

Index 315



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