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Buffalo Jumps

Buffalo and calf

Plains Indians began using the "buffalo jump" or pishkun over 2000 years ago. No one knows exactly how the tradition began or quite how the jumps were conducted American Plains Buffalo (Bison bison) and their larger ancestors roamed the North American plains for thousands of years before native people began hunting large numbers of them. Researchers estimate that 30 to 40 million or more buffalo once roamed freely from Texas to Canada and across the Mississippi River.

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