On our visit to Ancient Echoes an interpretive centre in Herschel Saskatchewan we saw a buffalo jump.
A buffalo jump is a high cliff that the Plains Indians who once lived on the Canadian prairies used to hunt buffalo. The bison were herded over a cliff and their legs broke. Immobilized in the ravine at the bottom of the cliff they were killed by hunters waiting there. It is believed this kind of hunting began over 12,000 years ago and was practiced till the 1500’s.
Artifact and bone discoveries near the Herschel buffalo jump site are evidence the bison were butchered and processed at a camp nearby.
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