Hand Carved Large Ironwood Buffalo Sculpture
A Little History, A Sad Story And A Great Story About The American Buffalo
It must be said that the American Buffalo was, at one time; the mainstay of Native American life. At one time in America there where tens of thousands of them running in the wild in large herds. It's been estimated that at one time in America there were about 50 million buffalo rooming the American Plains. Native Americans hunted them for food and every piece of the Buffalo was used for something. The meat was their main food source. The hides were used for clothing and shelter. The buffalo horn and bones were used in ceremonies and religious practices. Because of a bad immigration policy which let the white man come into their land, the American Buffalo was slandered into extinction by the white man mainly out of greed and to make Native Americans starve and force them onto reservations. By the 1870's, with the encouragement of the US Government, huge buffalo herds were being slaughtered by the thousands just for the sport of it. It wasn't uncommon for travelers in the West to come upon vast buffalo herds consisting of herds of dead buffalo shot by white man simply rotting away in the hot sun. White man almost slaughtered them into obliviation. Fortunately today, many Native American tribes are raising, herding and processing buffalo again.
The buffalo is a very scared animal to the Native American and has powerful meaning. To the Native American the buffalo gives one endurance, provides great emotional courage, and the buffalo itself is the provider to all. The buffalo is also a symbol of abundance to the American Indian as there was at one time more of them in America than there were people.
Hand Carved Medium Ironwood Buffalo
Hand Carved Large Ironwood Buffalo Sculpture $195.00
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