All About Bison
July 4, 2020 11:24 AM   Subscribe

Seriously, all about bison. Exactly what it says on the tin. Bison!
posted by mygothlaundry (15 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
It’s all there, under the hamburger on the right! All of it!

Blackfoot Lodge Tales: The Story of a Prairie People
By George Bird Grinnell – 1920
is a pretty neat book.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:52 AM on July 4 [2 favorites]

What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?

You can't wash your hands in a buffalo

A little disappointed not to find information about Buffalo calling stones/Iniskim. Otherwise, yes, yes, ALL about bison.
posted by Rumple at 12:30 PM on July 4 [1 favorite]

Q. What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?
A. You can't wash your hands in a buffalo.
Years, years; I been waiting for the cue.
posted by BobTheScientist at 12:31 PM on July 4 [4 favorites]

Sorry Bob, as a Scientist you are Alfred Russell Wallace to my Darwin
posted by Rumple at 12:38 PM on July 4 [5 favorites]

Well I expect it deserves an entire post for itself but a full discussion of the benefits and possibilities for Pemmican will probably need to wait for

Pemmican forms the principal product of the summer buffalo bunt, when, to preserve from decay the large quantities taken, some artificial process is necessary. A considerable amount is also made in the earlier part of the autumn hunt, though the major part of the product of this chase is preserved by frost in a fresh condition. To manufacture pemmican the flesh of the buffalo is first cut up into large lumps, and then again into flakes or thin slices, and hung up in the sun or over the fire to dry. When it is thoroughly desiccated it is taken down, placed upon raw-hides spread out upon the prairie, and pounded or beaten sometimes by wooden flails, again between two stones, until the meat is reduced to a thick flakey substance or pulp. Bags made of buffalo hide, with the hair on the outside, about the size of an ordinary pillow or flour sack, say two feet long, one and a half feet wide, and eight inches thick, are standing ready, and each one is half filled with the powdered meat. The tallow or fat of the buffalo having been boiled by itself in a huge caldron is now poured hot into the oblong bag in which the pulverized meat has previously been placed. The contents are then stirred together until they have been thoroughly mixed: the dry pulp being soldered down into a hard solid mass by the melted fat poured over it. When full the bags are sewed up as tightly as possible, and the pemmican allowed to cool. Each bag weighs 100 pounds, the quantity of fat being nearly half the total weight, the whole composition forming the most solid description of food that man can make. It is the traveling provision used throughout the North, where, in addition to its already specified qualifications, its great facility of transportation renders it extremely valuable. There is no risk of spoiling it, as, if ordinary care be taken to keep the bags free from mold, there is no assignable limit to the time pemmican will keep. It is estimated that on an average the carcasses of two buffaloes are required to make one bag of pemmican – one filling the bag itself, the other supplying the wants of the [person] engaged in hunting it down.
posted by sammyo at 1:00 PM on July 4 [2 favorites]

A reference genome for the bison is also being constructed.
posted by wintermind at 1:10 PM on July 4

Bison confit, sammyo.
posted by acrasis at 1:30 PM on July 4

Q. What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?
A. One of them is a hot sauce. The other one is a wind instrument..
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:29 PM on July 4 [2 favorites]

Came for the “can’t wash your hands” joke, was not disappointed.
posted by 43rdAnd9th at 2:50 PM on July 4

But seriously, folks... the Rhug Estate in North Wales has a herd of bison, and I did quite a double take the first time I saw them.
posted by 43rdAnd9th at 2:56 PM on July 4 [2 favorites]

Q. What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison?

A. If you can't intimidate and baffle people with your homemade jokes, you can always go out and bison.
Which I clearly need to do
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:01 PM on July 4 [2 favorites]

Certainly contains quite a bit about bison.

Fun fact - I still occasionally find bison horns in the red desert of WY, where the last wild herds disappeared a century ago. I have yet to find a whole skull, but I know people who have. It takes a loooong time for things to decay when there's almost zero moisture.
posted by aspersioncast at 7:26 AM on July 5 [1 favorite]

Bison, and bonus favorite very old and newer bison.
posted by gudrun at 10:45 AM on July 5

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