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Walmart Book Format: Choose an option. Add to List. Add to Registry. In conservative estimates put the number of buffaloes in the trans-Missouri region at fifteen million. By the end of the s, that figure had dwindled to a few hundred. The destruction of the great herds is the theme of The Buffalo Hunters. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer.

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The horns of the buffalo are short, but very sharp-pointed, although thick at the base. Being very hard and black, they are highly-prized for cups and other purposes. Its flesh, when fat, is excellent, especially the hump; the skins, covered with an excessively thick hair, nearly approaching to wool, are much used in the Northern parts of the United States, more especially as a wrapper when travelling in the sledges or sleighs, over the ice or snow.

Catlin was struck by how the Mandans , who lived along the Upper Missouri River, preserved buffalo meat for the winter months. It is all cured or dried in the sun, without the aid of salt or smoke! It [pemmican] is made of buffalo meat dried very hard, and afterwards pounded in a large wooden mortar until it is made nearly as fine as sawdust, then packed in this dry state in bladders or sacks of skin, and is easily carried to any part of the world in good order.

Take scrapings from the driest outside corner of a very stale piece of cold roast beef, add to it lumps of tallow rancid fat, then garnish all with long human hairs on which string pieces, like beads, upon a necklace , and short hairs of oxen, or dogs, or both, — and you have a fair imitation of common pemmican, though I should rather suppose it to be less nasty.

Catlin described how the Plains Indians dressed, or processed, buffalo skins into leather, for use in clothing or other purposes. The greater part of these skins, however, go through still another operation afterwards, which gives them a greater value, and renders them much more serviceable — that is, the process of smoking. For this, a small hole is dug in the ground, and a fire is built in it with rotten wood, which will produce a great quantity of smoke without much blaze; and several small poles of the proper length stuck in the ground around it, and drawn and fastened together at the top, around which a skin is wrapped in form of a tent, and generally sewed together at the edges to secure the smoke within it, within this the skins to be smoked are placed, and in this condition the tent will stand a day or so, enclosing the heated smoke; and by some chemical process or other, which I do not understand, the skins thus acquire a quality which enables them, after being ever so many times wet, to dry soft and pliant as they were before, which secret I have never yet seen practiced in my own country; and for the lack of which, all of our dressed skins when once wet, are, I think, chiefly ruined.

In buffalo robes the season [in which the buffalo is killed] makes a great difference. The robes are generally taken from cows, and sometimes from young bulls, but never from the old bulls, whose hides are much too thick and heavy. Carnegie also reported the following incident, which befell him at Fort Garry now Winnipeg in January of A curious circumstance happened as I was going to bed — as I hastily slipped myself between the buffalo robes, a wide sheet of electrical flame blazed into my face, for a moment illuminating the whole tent.

The same thing happened on a subsequent occasion, though rather less vividly. Dry buffalo dung is an excellent fuel source. Catlin, who kindled his fires with it, referred to the Mandans making a fine powder of the stuff and using it as tinder to light their pipes. Carnegie provided this description. We frequently used it in our camp fires.

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I rather liked to burn it, as it throws out a very pleasant strongly aromatic smell redolent of wild thyme and other herbs of the prairie. Buffalo Skull Pile, circa A combination of over-hunting and environmental change led to the near-extinction of the buffalo. Even in the early 19th century, observers noted that the buffalo population was declining. David Gouverneur Burnet of Cincinnati, who later served as the first president of the Republic of Texas, spent more than a year living with the Comanche Indians in He commented:.

It has been remarked that the number of Buffaloes that annually reach the regions inhabited by the Comanches has sensibly diminished within a few years. In the event of a serious failure of that munificent provision of nature, these and other tribes of similar habits will be compelled to resort to agriculture, or to recede northwardly in pursuit of their ancient prey.

Catlin also foresaw the fate of the buffalo. He urged the government to create a large park in which both Indians and buffaloes could be preserved. It is melancholy for the traveller in this country to perceive that the time is not far distant when these noble animals will at last perish before the cruel and improvident rapacity of the white men and the red. Only a few days before I arrived, an immense herd showing in the distance, a band of several hundred Sioux crossed the river at mid-day, and after a few hours brought in fourteen hundred fresh buffalo tongues for which they received a few gallons of whiskey.

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Not a skin did they bring; it was not the season for fur. Not a pound of flesh did they bring; the camp required no fresh meat. This is but one instance of the profligate waste of the buffalo. With the buffalo it is…kill, kill, kill. Such waste will soon bring its bitter punishment. By , there were fewer than 1, buffaloes left in North America.

In , conservationists established the American Bison Society, which established and stocked several buffalo refuges. Today there are some , buffaloes, found both in publicly and privately held herds, although most of these include animals with genes from domestic cattle. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, fewer than 15, pure wild American bison remain.

see Caddo Indian Chief Dehahuit. The Extinct Karankawa Indians of Texas. Indian Interpreter Gaspard Philibert. Visiting Niagara Falls in the early 19th Century. Canada and the Louisiana Purchase. Thank You!

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It has been a while since I thought about these things. It is important to remember what happened, and who we are. Me too! What surprised me is how many modern-day buffalo have domestic cattle genes, which somewhat diminishes the allure when seeing these magnificent animals in private herds.

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Growing up in Saskatchewan, I did sample pemmican several times. I found pemmican dry and not very tasty. It was better when mixed with Saskatoon berries.