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Saturday, August 18

A Magnificent Beast

This gorgeous buffalo was grazing beside the road. Isn't he a magnificent beast? I've always loved seeing buffalo. Not far from here you can see them grazing in a field, but not usually grazing beside the highway. We were lucky to have seen this when the camera was handy. Notice the brand on his flank.

North American Aboriginals used every part of a buffalo that they killed, unlike the Europeans who slaughtered them and were encouraged to do so by the government. Here are a few things that buffalo contributed to the Natives.

Horns:
Arrow Points
Utensils (cups, ladles, spoons)
Powder horns
Decorative headdresses
Medication

Bones:
Knives, Pipes
Arrowheads
Splints
Shovels
War clubs
Fat:
Candle Tallow
Lubricant
Soap

Tails:
Ornamental Decoration
Fly brush
Whip
Hair:
Decorative headdresses
Ropes
Pad and pillow filler
Moccasin lining

Muscles:
Glue
Thread
Arrow ties
Stomach Liner:
Water container

Gall and Blood:
Decorative Paint
Skull:
Rituals

Beard and Teeth:
Ornamentation
Bladder:
Medicine Bag

Hooves:
Glue
Scrotum:
Ceremonial rattle

Liver:
Hide Tanning
Manure Chips:
Fuel
Tendons:
Sewing
Bowstrings

Hide:
Moccasins
Buckets
Drums
Splints
Ropes
Saddles and Stirrups
Snow shoes



Today, meat is the primary revenue generator for the bison industry. In addition, businesses that make use of other parts of the animal have flourished as well.

For Instance:
Skulls are bleached and used for decorative purposes.
Horns are made into decorative polished costume jewelry and buttons.
Hair is manufactured into sweaters, coats and robes.
Hides are used for the manufacture of leather furniture. (Everything from foot stools to full size sofas are available.)
Bison leather is also used for the manufacture of hats, coats, vests, ha
ndbags, shoes and boots.
You can even purchase a Tanned Hide Teepee in today's market.

In my part of the country, buffalo are bred with beef and we can purchase beefalo. Some places also sell buffalo meat.