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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Buffalo

The Source of Life

 

—Plains Indians Life, Beliefs and Practices —

 
Buffalo Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Buffalo Marker
Inscription.

While the Plains Indians hunted many kinds of animals, their very existence depended on the buffalo. The massive creatures supplied most of the meat for their diet. Every part of the great animal was used. Nothing was wasted. From the buffalo they fashioned their equipment. Built homes and furnishings. Made storage containers. In combination with wood, the buffalo was used to construct weapons and riding gear.

More than 60 million buffalo once roamed the Plains. Herds were moving at all times throughout the Plains, either in a north-south direction or in a circular migration. No one knows what made the herds move around as they did. The Indians believed that God sent the buffalo in response to their ceremonial buffalo calls.
 
Location. 37° 41.483′ N, 97° 21.002′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Touch for map. The marker is on the Keeper of the Plains plaza, at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, about 500 feet ESE of the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 North Seneca Street, Wichita KS 67203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stories ( here, next to this marker); Tribes ( here, next to this
Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers
(l-r) Tribes, Buffalo, Stories, Women, Warriors, and Ceremony Markers
marker); Keeper of the Plains ( here, next to this marker); Women ( here, next to this marker); Warriors ( here, next to this marker); Ceremony ( here, next to this marker); Dream Animals ( a few steps from this marker); Tipis ( a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. American Bison Fact Sheet. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bison Research for the Native American Community. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Bison at Wind Cave National Park. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Mid-America All-Indian Center, Wichita. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Keeper of the Plains Plaza. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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