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Near Huntley in Big Horn County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Buffalo Country

The Eastern Plains of Montana

 
 
Buffalo Country Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 13, 2016
1. Buffalo Country Marker
Inscription. The great plains of eastern Montana was home to thousands of buffalo before Euro-American hunters nearly wiped them out in the early 1800ís. The animals were central to the Indian lifeway. In the dog days, hunters herded buffalo into corrals where they were killed. They also stampeded the shaggy beasts over cliffs, called pishkuns. With the arrival of the horse in the 1700s, hunting methods changed. As much a sport as a necessity, hunting buffalo with bows and arrows on horseback was dangerous and exciting. A fat cow buffalo was the choice for meat. Women preserved the meat by making jerky and pemmican. Pemmican was dried and pulverized meat mixed with bone marrow and fat. Wild berries gave it flavor; the ascorbic acid in the fruit acted as a preservative. Pemmican, packed away in skin bags, kept indefinitely. Indians used tanned buffalo robes and rawhide for clothes, teepees, bedding, tools and utensils. Buffalo figured prominently in religious practices, and disputes over prime hunting grounds frequently caused intertribal conflicts.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 45° 46.951′ N, 108° 0.183′ W. Marker is near Huntley, Montana, in Big Horn County. Marker is on
Buffalo Country Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 13, 2016
2. Buffalo Country Marker
marker as seen from the rest area parking lot
Interstate 90 at milepost 478. Touch for map. Marker is in the west bound Christiansen- Graham rest area at exit 478 on I-90. Marker is in this post office area: Huntley MT 59037, United States of America.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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