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The Flying Buffalo Project

Scared to the native peoples - we created a show to honor this magnificent mammal
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    Dominique Normand (Metis)- Honoring the Women
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    Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota)- Resurrection
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    Allen Knows His Gun (Crow) - Buffalo Tracker
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    Allen Knows His Gun (Crow) - Buffalo Tracker (detail)
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    John Cadotte (Blackfeet) - Blackfoot Buffalo
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    Louis Still Smoking (Blackfeet) - Legend of the Buffalo Stone
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    Alaina Buffalospirit (Northern Cheyenne) - Beautiful Cheyenne Woman
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    DG House (Cherokee) - I Want to be a War Pony
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    DG House (Cherokee) - I Want to be a War Pony (powwow)
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    Frank Finley (Salish Kootenai) - Buffalo Calf Spirit
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    Ivan Long (Sioux) - Generations Lost
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    Dolores Purdy (Cado) - In Honor of the Ancestors
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    Jaune Quick To See Smith & Neal Ambrose Smith (Salish Kootenai) - Big Medicine
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    Daniel Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota) - Over the Edge
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    Rabbit Knows Gun & Wendy Red Star (Crow) - Historic Buffalo Lodge
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    Seidel Standing Elk (Northern Cheyenne) - Cloud Buffalo
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    Rabbit Knows Gun (Crow) - Sacred White Buffalo Calf
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    Summer Kite Flying

Project Details

For thousands of years, before the Native American cultures had horses, the buffalo were harvested at jump sites that are now protected locations throughout the West. A fleet footed young warrior, covered with a buffalo calf hide, would bleat, leading the herd up onto a high cliff where the other tribe members were hiding. At a signal, the hunters would surround three sides of the herd and the hide covered young man would race to the edge of the cliff with the herd thundering behind him. He would jump, trying to reach the hiding spot that would protect him, while the buffalo fell to their death.

The buffalo were harvested with all parts being used. Meat, skin, sinew, hooves, everything was utilized to help the Native people get through the harsh winters.

Kill sites were rotated, allowing the blood odors to be eliminated by exposure to weather, runoff and snow. The buffalo jump sites were integral to the survival of the Native America of the West and now most of them are protected places that are treated with respect and reverence.

Tour Highlights

In 2013, four buffalo jump locations allowed kites made with Native American art by well known, highly respected Native artists to fly over the sites. This was the first time in America this had happened. This was the first tour of the "Flying Buffalo Project" kites and is dedicated to the artists that participated, the kite builder that made the art fly and the people that manage the jump locations that agreed to let the kites fly, remembering the buffalo that perished so that the Native people might live.

Since then the number of kites and jump locations has continued to expand. Check our latest schedule for dates and locations near you.


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