Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oh yeah, I'm in Canada

Yesterday, Jon, his mom, and I went to 'Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump' which is exactly what it sounds like. In the event that you are a visual learner, here are some illustrations to further the point:



The Native Americans had a perfect system for running entire herds of buffalo off of cliffs. Utilizing animal coats, they capitalized on the bison's protective instincts to stay between a lone calf and wolves. This allowed the Natives to lead the calm herd to pre-constructed 'drive-lanes' leading to the cliffs. The stampede was spurred by the sudden appearance of the entire tribe, previously hidden by leather hides. A few moments of panic followed by sudden death (most died instantly; the rest were quickly killed by the hunters)... I decided Temple Grandin would approve of the method.



I bought this shirt at the gift shop on our way out. Just kidding! I didn't! But I could have.

More on our trip later.

2 comments:

  1. Fifth grade field trip! That's so awesome, I'd love to go back there.
    P.S. you should just bring my mom back with you. . . don't tell her, just do it.

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  2. You should have bought it.

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