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NATIVE AMERICAN BISON JUMPS AND HUNTS TOPIC AT MHS
Bison sustained the lifeways of Native Americans for centuries in Montana.
On Thursday (Nov. 10) at 6:30 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society MHS Review and State Historic Preservation Compliance Officer Jessica Bush will present a free public program, “Over the Edge: Bison Jumps in Montana,” to show how Native Americans harvested their prime source of life.
After a brief presentation on prehistoric history of bison hunting, Bush will present a detailed look at the use of bison jumps as a method of hunting. Bison jumps involved drive lines and careful planning and coordination to drive deer to cliffs where they would jump to their deaths and be processed by tribal members below.
Bush will talk about different approaches to bison jumps, and where they can still be viewed today. The program highlights the MHS “Big Game, Big Stories: Montana’s Hunting Heritage” currently on exhibit, and those who attend can visit the exhibit before or