The Past – Butchering Bison

Watch a fascinating film recreating how Native Americans butchered a bison, wasting nothing. [Caution: graphic scenes] Film courtesy of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas.

How Native Americans Used Bison (Windows Media)
How Native Americans Used Bison (Real Media)


"When the people killed the buffalo, they did it with reverence. They gave thanks to the buffalo spirit..."

After European influence, Native Americans used horses to hunt bison, often called buffalo.



Men and women carefully butchered the bison, often using sharpened stone and bone tools.



Thread was made from sinew.


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