Important Bison

By Lynn Quam

Animal: Bison, Material: Magnesite
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Bison (or buffalo) are especially important to the Plains Indigenous tribes whose main sustenance once depended on the vast herds. The entire bison body was used, nothing was wasted. Prayers of appreciation were offered for the abundance they provided. Bison continue to be a keystone species, their strong hooves aerate the soil cultivating seeds important to the ecosystem. In Zuni Pueblo, a Buffalo Katsina comes with a Buffalo Maiden during ceremonial dances. Bison remind us to be thankful. Other pueblo cultures also give Buffalo dances and respect the buffalo as an animal associated with snow. Carved from a blizzard-like magnesite, Lynn Quam's Bison powers through with turquoise inlaid eyes and strong horns. About 3" long, 7/8" wide and 1 7/8" tall.

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