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Bison remain historical icons of American wildlife

May 14, 2011
By GARRY BRANDENBURG

BISON are one of the iconic symbols of America. These huge shaggy haired beasts of the prairies represent a time long ago when the new lands of America were being 'discovered' by the likes of Lewis and Clark in 1803. Of course the bison did not need discovering by the native peoples of North America. For umpteen eons, the bison was food, its hides were shelter and clothing and its bones could be made into tools. The bison also represented a spiritual connection of people to the land. Wherever the bison went, so to did many native people.

 
 

 

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