The Return of Buffalo: Red Earth Uncovered (Season 3, Ep. 1)
Catalogue Number: AS0679
Producer: Animiki See Distribution Inc.
Producers: Strutt, Peter
Directors: Strutt, Peter
Producing Agencies: Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Subject: Canadian Geography, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2021
Running Time: 21:49
Bison, very abundant on the plains, were an important resource for indigenous peoples. Mass slaughter in the late 1800’s almost made them extinct, but conservation efforts are bringing them back. At Maskwacis, Bruce Cutknife of the Samson Cree Nation has a small herd of bison (buffalo). Elder Clarence Wolfleg describes the importance of the bison, and Kurt Buffalo describes the Cree relationship to buffalo and Mother Earth. Shayla learns about buffalo stories of different indigenous groups, buffalo hunting techniques, uses for different parts of the animal, and the importance of educating settler people about ecology and sustainability. At the Samson Cree Nation Museum director Beverley Crier talks about winter counts. Doc concludes with the story “Where the Buffalo Roam”, explaining the origin of the stars in Pleiades.
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