Plains Indian Buffalo Hunt

by by Thomas J. Rauber, Illustrated by David Shera, Cover Design or Artwork by David Shera



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/21/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 196
ISBN : 9781425165420

About the Book

This story tells of a time in America’s history when the thundering hoofs of herds of tens of thousands of Plains buffalo roamed the West. Once the railroads built their way into the Great Plains there was uncontrolled slaughter of the buffalo in unbelievable numbers.

In 1972-73 there were more buffalo hunters on the Plains than ever before or later on. The hides sold for seventy-five cents and their meat sold for only one-half a cent per pound.

In one stand John Cook, a buffalo hunter, killed eighty-eight buffalo. Skinners were paid twenty-five or thirty cents for each one they skinned. Over a period of two years the Indians of all thirty-two tribes killed approximately 350,000. Many buffalo were killed for amusement, as the trains would stop when they came upon a herd of bison and the passengers would shoot from the trains. Because the tongues were considered a delicacy, they were removed and the remains were left to predators or to rot.

Colonel Armstrong Custer was badly defeated by Indians at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. His detachment of 225 soldiers was killed. Others under different commands survived. Soldiers of the U. S. Army were instructed to shoot all the Indians’ horses. The tribes of the Plains Indians eventually had to surrender and were forced to live under dreadful conditions on reservations.

About the Author

In World War II, Tom Rauber served with General George Patton’s 3rd Army in Europe. Tom and Dr. Dean Amadon, Curator of Ornithology at the Museum of Natural History in New York, were very instrumental in starting the restoration of the Bald Eagle in the United States. He made a 37-year study of Bald Eagles. While doing this, he traveled to Alaska 5 times, to Florida, North Carolina, British Columbia, and the Queen Charlotte Islands. He spent many hours observing the last known nesting pair of Bald Eagles in New York State. He loves nature and has spent many days in the wilderness. His home is on a hill overlooking the Genesee Valley in New York State.