As we move into our new unit on stories of Early Canada, the bison will be central to our understandings of several groups of peoples and the relationships they share.
YOUR JOB: Create an informative poster on the Plains Bison that shares
- some of its history (overhunting) and importance in Canada
- important information on what it looks like, its size, where it lives, what it eats, etc
- uses of its body parts after the hunt, and
- other features you find interesting.
You must use the Internet to research the Plains Bison (“buffalo”). Here are some recommended sources:
- This website gives information on the Bison Hunt through the lens of the Metis people.
- These two sources give a picture of a bison and a list of their uses.
- The BC government produced this really interesting booklet on bison (but some of the info is about BC only): BCGovernmentBisonDescription
- Here’s a fact sheet on the Plains Bison from the Government of Canada.
- A good overview of the Buffalo hunt.
- A timeline of Alberta’s Aboriginal history which includes bison hunting.
- This older resource (that describes the Plains peoples as “Indians” – which is outdated and largely offensive) from Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump.
- This overview of Head Smashed In is also good.