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Traditional Native American Buffalo Harvests

A couple of weeks ago, traditional Native American Buffalo Harvests took place on Wild Idea Buffalo Company producers ranches.

Native Prayer Over BuffaloOn the Cheyenne River Ranch, Wambli Ska Okolakiciye, a Lakota organization that teaches youth the importance of their culture as a solution to bring forward the sources of strength and resiliency to address the changes they face, came out to harvest a buffalo in their traditional way. 

Sage Washing of BuffaloForty-five youth were in attendance, along with elders and spiritual leaders. Prayers were offered, songs were sung and the native drum filled the morning sky.

Native Buffalo HarvestChris White Eagle, our plant manager and WSO leader, along with other Wild Idea employees and Native elders, lead the way in breaking down the carcass. It was a joyful time, with lots of laughter and thanksgiving. 

Diamond 4 D RanchIn Montana on the Diamond 4 D Bison Ranch, manager Chris Bechtold worked with the Director of Indian Education of the Great Falls Public Schools to experience the same. 

Native American Indian EducationThe director spoke to the students about the land, the history of the Black Feet people, and the importance of the buffalo before the harvest began. 

Native Buffalo HarvestThe education continued as the carcass was being broken down, leaving no part unused. 

It was a wonderful experience and day for all. We are honored to be a part of our area Native American communities and to work along side them, learning and growing, and building bridges together through the American Bison. Thank you, Pilamaya, Nitsíniiyi'taki.

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17 comments

  • Your reverence for- and support of- Native Americans, their past history and their present culture- makes me so proud to be a frequent Wild Idea customer. ❤️

    Allison Fahrenbach
  • Thank you for sharing this timely info. It’s such a great example to those of us who live in small towns and cities, how much dedication, love and work goes into building enduring relationships across unfamiliar cultural spaces. Go Wild Idea!!

    Joyce Millikan
  • Thanks for sharing this wisdom. And reverence for Native American Culture and Heritage.

    Kenneth James
  • Do good to hear wonderful news about the Indians especially the children attending and enjoying the beautiful piece of Paradise where the Buffalo roam.
    Congratulations on another job well done

    Sonny Thornton
  • My career has been spent in the support of our Armed Forces. Ceremony, honor and tradition is a huge part of our military family lifestyle. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this blogpost. Proud of all of you.

    Jim Rudolph
  • So nice to see Josie Merck’s comment and words of inspiration. She’s a great protector of the natural world in the tradition of Dan & Jill and their remarkable family. Thank you all.

    Keith Lewis
  • Very moved By this community effort and everyone learning from the experience- very great turnout.

    Josie Merck
  • Hey, all at the Wild Idea, what A Great Field Ceremony , you all are Awesome 🤩🙏🇺🇸

    Tom Conners
  • So wonderful that Wild Idea Buffalo honors Native American tradition, fosters understanding and celebrates the buffalo!

    Janet Wainwright
  • is the under coat of the buffalo hide ever made available to spinners? I would be interested in buying some. The story and its significance would make the yarn so powerful.

    judith billings
  • This is the Way to a better future working together learning from each other and giving back Beautiful
    Thank you for doing the right thing!!!

    Lene Crawley
  • Thanks for sharing, wopila

    Paulette Means
  • Thanks for sharing this meaningful story.

    Diane
  • What an outstanding and important initiative! Thank you, Wild Idea, for being part of it.

    David Kruczlnicki
  • So profoundly wonderful 🪶🔴THANKYOU

    Holly Hopper

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