Friday, September 17, 2010
WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM
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At one time it is estimated that about 50 million American Buffalo roamed North America. In the 19th century a slaughter of these animals decimated their numbers along with the Plains Indians that relied on them. The buffalo gave them everything they needed; skins became their water bottles, hides became blankets and coats, flesh was their food, horns became spoons, bones became knives and awls, ribs became sleds, hoofs became rattles, sinew became bows and so on.
They once roamed free. When numbers became dangerously low, some wealthy land owners received money from the government to range them. Buffalo numbers grew, but now, no longer free, they survive within fences.
This enamel and copper piece is a gate that opens to see the buffalo.