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I've seen leather clothes and some hunting trophies in National Museum of the American Indian. Well, the most known animal the Native Americans of the Great Plains hunted for was a buffalo (American bison). They provided food and leather although the Indians were sometimes wasteful, taking mainly the tongue and hump meat.

I've got to know that the bison herds didn't propagate wildly by the time when the Indian population was decimated by wave after wave of epidemic (from diseases of Europeans) after the 16th century. The seas of bison herds that stretched to the horizon were a symptom of an ecology out of balance, in decades of heavier than average rainfall.

Bison were hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century and were reduced to a few hundred individuals by the mid-1880s, from which all the present day's managed herds are descended. The Indians did not participate in commercial hunting of the bison.



Address: Fourth St. & Independence Ave., S.W. Washington DC
Directions: Metro station: Federal Center SW. On southern part of the eastern end of the National Mall, between the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
othercontact: NMAIcollections@si.edu
Phone: +1 (202) 633 1000
Website: http://www.nmai.si.edu

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  • Written Mar 9, 2006
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