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59 5 BUFFALO HUSBAND NORTHERN PL AINS (BL ACKFEET) INTRODUCTION Long ago, the Blackfeet people followed the buffalo over a vast area of the northern plains that includes present-day Montana and southern Canada. Broad prairies, interrupted by minor mountain ranges, green river valleys, and deep ravines attracted huge herds of buffalo. The Blackfeet people depended on buffalo for meat; for hides to cover their tipis, and to make into shirts, robes, leggings, moccasins, and bedding; for bones to make into knives, awls, scrapers, and other weapons and tools; and for horns to make into bowls and spoons.

But the buffalo just paced back and forth along the cliff ’s edge. ” A huge cloud of dust rose above the cliff as the heavy animals pushed and shoved one another to position themselves. Then they began to tumble over the edge, and their giant bodies rained down onto the prairie below. The young woman was so happy she could hardly contain herself. She turned to run home with the good news. But before she could take a step, a huge buffalo bull charged toward her. The young woman shook with fear.

Oh my,” said Grandfather Buzzard. “I did not count on this. ” So Grandfather Buzzard went back and got hold of Sun. “I will show you how to behave,” he said to Sun in his 54 How the World Was Made firmest voice. ” Sun did as she was told and lit up the land exactly as Grandfather Buzzard had told her to do. But the animals were not at all happy. Sun was too close and too hot. “Sun must be moved away,” complained Crawfish. “Look what has happened to the shell on my back. It is scorched, and now I am bright red.

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