Thursday, August 2, 2012
The lowest official estimate of plains buffalo in 1850 was 30-50 million. The plains Indian's life was based on them. Food, clothing, dung for fire, tipi material and much more. By 1884 the herds were gone, victims of blind greed and human progress, just a commodity for the taking.
I'm reminded by this card to appreciate what I have while I have it. In ten years it might all be a memory. We certainly can't go on as we are.
"For as long as they have existed, people have inhabited, altered, and been affected by the nonhuman natural world. To assume an unchanging, harmonious environment between the two begs to class both culture and nature as static." ~ Andrew C. Isenberg, Destruction of the Bison, 2000.