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The Buffalo Hunters: The Story of the Hide…

The Buffalo Hunters: The Story of the Hide Men (1954)

by Mari Sandoz

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Sweeping history of the destruction of the great bison herds in the post-Civil War American West. This is a type of book from the middle of last century that is no longer written, but despite that gives fair consideration to the fact that it amounted to genocide. ( )
  kcshankd | May 13, 2016 |
Mari Sandoz' history of buffalo hunting focuses on a short span of years: 1867 to 1888. This reinforces the incredible decimation of the North American herds of bison, but it also contributes to the elegiac tone here. The book, which of necessity describes how the Plains Indians were defeated as much by the decimation of the buffalo as by military action, ends appropriately with the Wounded Knee Massacre.

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All the horizon lay bleak and grey with late November, the Indians gone, the scattering of antelope quiet on the empty prairie, the white of their rumps barely showing.
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In 1867 the total number of buffaloes in the trans-Missouri region was conservatively estimated at fifteen million. By the end of the 1880s that figure had dwindled to a few hundred. The destruction of the great herds is the theme of this book. Mari Sandoz's canvas is vast, but it is charged with color and excitement—accounts of Indian ambushes, hairbreadth escapes, gambling and gunfights, military expeditions, famous frontier characters (Wild Bill Hickok, Lonesome Charlie Reynolds, Buffalo Bill, Sheridan, Custer, and Indian Chiefs Whistler, Yellow Wolf, Spotted Tail, and Sitting Bull).

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