Sacred Buffalo People: Bison in the Plains Indian Culture

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Chronicles the history of the great buffalo herds, the restoration of one herd on the Fort Berthold reservation.

 

“The buffalo people have always stood among our Indian people, from the beginning of time,” Georgia Fox says in the opening of this film. “They clothed us, they fed us. And they gave us inner strength.  They've supported us in many ways.  And the people have always respected the sacred buffalo people."

By the late 19th century, the U.S. government’s plans to decimate the Indians by exterminating the buffalo were all but successful. But, “like the buffalo,” Dean Fox says, “we, as Indian people, now have found ourselves again. We're starting to understand now what we're really about, why we're here, why we're supposed to exist. When I look at the buffalo, I can't help but think of all those things.” With traditional stories, song, dance, animation, archival photographs, paintings, and the words of the elders, Sacred Buffalo People chronicles the history of the great buffalo herds, the restoration of one herd on the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota, and the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara people who care for these magnificent animals.

 

 

 

Director: Deb Wallwork

Format: DVD, color, 57 minutes.

Published: 1992

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Various U.S. Plains tribes