North American Bison Culture

Time: 45-60 Minutes

Grades: 3-12

 

Your students will journey back in time to learn about the unique relationship between Native Americans and the bison. They will learn how the native people of the Great Plains utilized the bison in their every day life. They will see preserved bison biofacts (including pelt, skull, bones, stomach, brain, and more) and the Native American artifacts that were made from the bison.

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North American Bison Culture:

This program is one of our most requested classes! Your students will learn all about the connection between the North American Bison and the Native Americans that called the Great Plains home during the 1700s and 1800s. 

We will begin by talking about the bison, where they lived historically, and why they are so amazing. Next, we will learn all about how the Native Americans of the Great Plains used the bison for their everyday lives. We'll discuss how the they utilized the bison for food, what they made from bison leather, what tools and weapons they made from bison bones, how they used the bison organs, and how they utilized other bison objects like horns and hooves. 

During this program, your students will be able to see actual bison biofacts – including a bison pelt, skull, various bones, bladder, stomach, brains, intestine, tanned skin, rawhide, hooves, and horns! They will also be able to see Native American artifacts that were made from these objects. This includes weapons, tools, clothing, bags, artwork, and more!   

Please note, this class deals with how different parts of the bison were used to create items for the Native Americans. So, it does deal with hunting and animal death.

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