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Thunder on the Plains: The Story of the…

Thunder on the Plains: The Story of the American Buffalo

by Ken Robbins

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Love this book. Robbins captures the magnificence of the largest mammal native to North America with reverance but without being overly sentimental. He describes how buffalo herds were affected when Native Americans migrated to the plains, techniques they used for hunting them, how Native Americans used every part of the buffalo for food, clothing and religious ceremony, how their hunting habits changed as white settlers introduced guns, and finally, how white people made short work of almost extinguishing the entire North American buffalo population by hunting them for sport. Robbins brings ends with the current status of the buffalo population: "The American buffalo is no longer endangered - we certainly ought to be happy about that. But there is one further thing that we should want to remember: the millions are gone, and they will never be back." A great book to start a discussion with students about animal ethics and stewardship. ( )
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Ken Robbins tells in words and historical photographs the amazing yet tragic story of a magnificent and truly American creature: the buffalo. It is the story of numbers so vast, it might take days for one herd of buffalo to pass a particular point on the prairie. It is the story of a harmonious, balanced relationship with Native Americans who revered and even worshiped the huge animals that gave them almost everything they needed to survive. And it is the sad story of how, in as little as twenty-five years, reckless and wasteful slaughter at the hands of newly-arrived settlers drove the buffalo to the very brink of extinction. But luckily the story has a somewhat happy ending. The destruction was halted and the number of buffalo has risen again, although the days when a stampeding herd made a sound like thunder on the plains are probably gone forever.

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A brief introduction to the history of the American buffalo and how it was almost hunted into extinction.

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