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Article about The Destruction of the Bison

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Andrew Isenberg said that "the destruction of the bison wasn't merely the consequence of individual agency but the effect of the discussion of human society with a dynamic environment." Humans and character both played a huge role in the eventual death of the bison. Bison have been around for 10,000 years. Their ancestors where called giant bison and they had been searched by the paleoindians which came over about the Bering Strait. The giant bison however became extinct because the paleoindians hunted them and at the end of the last ice age, the majority of the vegetation they burned of has been ruined. Dwarf bison, the bison which are around today, lived the ice age since the dwarf bison were faster, reproduced more rapidly and needed less plant to keep them. The destruction of giant bison resembles what occurred to this bison in modern day America; admit that they had to endure droughts rather than extreme cold. Bison weren't always the most important source of nomadic people's livelihood on the plains. 1 example of the way nomads endured is that of the Comanche's, "they lived between the Colorado front range and the Swatch Mountains, from the San Luis Valleys in the south to the Laramie Basin from the north, they snared jack fighters and other critters, fished, and gathered little seeds, nuts, seeds, and berries. From the slopes of the Yampa River Valley they dug for roots of the Yampa plant, throughout the summer they traveled east into the plains to hunt bison on foot and south to the Pueblos to raid and trade corn" (Isenberg, 34) The nomads depended on the bison for food, shelter, cloths, and little tools. Before Euroamericans arrived in North America, nomads hunted bison as they needed them, therefore they wouldn't be ineffective. In the twentieth century nomads "a.. .

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