Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sadly: The Letter B



The Letter "B"


Sunset and the Buffalo

It had been a decade or more since I had seen "Dances with Wolves". In this movie, Kevin Costner was young and impassioned; Graham Greene was awesome in his stolid humor; and the buffalo were nearing their near-permanent decline.

A male buffalo is not to be trifled with or around.  They are wild animals who may seem to be made into a pet, but this is just not so.

For some reason, when the trains were barreling across the plains, buffalo were considered to be easy-pickins', which I guess they were.  The result of this needless slaughter was the almost genocide of the Native Americans.


South Dakota Buffalo Hunt
Today: Pay for your own buffalo hun

The letter for today is B for buffalo.  May this magnificent animal find resurgence.


pile-of-bones saskatchewan
To be made into fertilizer

21 comments:

  1. I loved that movie and the music by John Williams told such a sad story.

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    1. It was on TV a fee weeks ago as I was writing. Awesome movie and music.

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  2. That was a great movie, Buffalo get the short end of the stick, as most creatures do when humans are around

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    1. Humans tend to believe in their role as top of the food chain.

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    1. The site of mounds of buffalo bones? Or the grinning hunter, who paid to go on a hunting adventure?

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  4. It is a sad story, another for which man should feel guilt. What a magnificent and noble beast.

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  5. Another outrage from our history. I once knew a bison, name K8E, she was of the smaller variety from Catalina island and was a rescue I got to know at the donkey rescue next door. It was clear that she was not happy in captivity.

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  6. The b words which leap to my mind after seeing the mound of buffalo bones became B words when I looked at the triumphant hunter. A lighter wallet does not give you the right to kill in my world.

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  7. I think buffaloes are a protected species now, God bless our furry friends.

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  8. Buffalo is a great choice for the letter B.

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  9. I'd seen that stack of skulls before. Such a waste.

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  10. They were so magnificent. We have a market near me that sells the best buffalo meat. There are many buffalo ranches in Montana.
    I just noticed on your profile picture that you are hold a child. Just the top of the eyes show.

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  11. Hi human, Susan,

    I hope you understand that I cannot pawsibly keep up with all this alphabet stuff. My paws are struggling.

    The mighty buffalo and the slaughtering of such a magnificent beast. A revival of the Buffalo would be wonderful.

    Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!

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  12. Bison are amazingly large and smelly when you get up close. I was pleased to find that there are bison ranch in Nebraska, which is kindof cool.

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  13. I nearly drove off the road on my way to Port Townsend, here in Washington as a family had a heard of buffalo roaming. I loved watching this herd whenever I headed north. Sadly, I think the animals were used for feeding the family as I no longer can find them. However, it was such a treat watching them. It is truly sad what happens to our wildlife and nature. Thanks for reminding us.

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  14. A truly majestic beast, the buffalo. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
    Mary at The View from my World

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  15. I've visited a couple of buffalo ranches, one in Northern Colorado. Most exciting, though, is to see them roaming fee as in Yellowstone National Park. Thank goodness the effort has been made to rebuild great herds.

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  16. The first time I saw a buffalo running around someone's yard when we moved to Michigan, I almost wrecked my car, lolol. I had to go back and make sure I wasn't seeing things, and I wasn't. :)

    There is a buffalo range close to our home, and I'd love to take the kids, but you're right in the middle of them in a field, in an open cart. Though nothing would probably go wrong, like you said, they are wild, no matter, and it 'could' so we haven't gone through. They sure are interesting though!

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  17. Dances With Wolves is one of my favourite movies, I have a copy on my shelves, I should watch it again soon. I quite like the scene where Kevin Costner introduces the Indians to coffee and they taste it, make faces...ugh...then he scoops sugar into their cups. so many other scenes I like too. It's a great story, I think it should be shown in schools as part of history lessons.

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  18. My understanding was that the buffalo slaughter was a deliberate attempt to make the Native lifestyle impossible.
    Sue Ann Bowling
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