Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ulm Pishkun (or Pishkin)

The ULM PISHKUN is an historic "Buffalo kill site" used by Native Americans for 2000 years. It is located about ten miles outside of Great Falls, Montana (USA). Pishkuns are also commonly called "buffalo jumps." At one time, over 300 such "buffalo jumps" are believed to have been in use in Montana alone.


The photo above shows re-creations of native shelters used during that era (and for hundreds of years afterward as well.) The shelters would be covered by a buffalo hides. The more accurate term, BISON, is used today, to distinguish this species of buffalo from others around the world.

The word, "pishkun" is a Blackfoot word that roughly translates into "deep blood kettle."

What you "would" see from the top of the ULM PISHKUN site is the steep cliff where the bison were stampeded over the edge to fall to their deaths below. Hunters would also be stationed below the cliff to finish off the injured animals.

No part of the bison was wasted. Meat, hide, bones, sinew, and skull were all utilized in the Native American subsistence and survival lifestyle.

Here is a link to an informative article on "Buffalo Jumps."(Click on photo to open large size view.)

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6 comments:

Ratty said...

Very interesting. I remember learning about places like this on The Discovery Channel, or one similar. It's a fascinating subject, and the kind of thing that always makes me want to stop and have a look.

Shinade said...

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Happy Weekend:-)

Kloggers/Polly said...

Your article/post is really interesting - but thank goodness that a few of these really beautiful creatures were saved before their utter extinction. As there are cave painting depicting these magnificent animals they must have roamed the Earth for a very long time.

Sandy said...

Very interesting. We hiked and camped alot out west in our earlier years. I remember going to a place where a similar thing happened with horses? I'm trying to remember where we were. Will have to ask hubby.

One of the neatest Native American places we visited was The Medicine Wheel. I found it very moving.

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cieldequimper said...

Very interesting and nice photo.

matthew said...

Having attended numerous Plains Indian sweat lodge ceremonies over the years, it seems to me that the middle structure is a sweat lodge without the covers. In the photo, you can see the center pit filled with stones which were heated in a fire and then brought into the lodge. I've helped Cree and Blackfeet elders build sweat lodges and they are constructed in this fashion.

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