Imagining Head-Smashed-In: Aboriginal Buffalo Hunting on the Northern Plains (Athabasca University Press)

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For millennia, Aboriginal hunters on the North American Plains used their knowledge of the land and of buffalo behaviour to drive their quarry over cliffs. Archaeologist Jack Brink has written a major study of the mass buffalo hunts and the culture they supported before and after European contact. By way of example, he draws on his 25 years excavating at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southwestern Alberta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Jack W. Brink is Archaeology Curator at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Canada. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his M.A. from the University of Alberta. His interests also include the study of rock art images of the northern Plains, and he enjoys working with Aboriginal communities on heritage issues.

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"When I want Blackfoot students to know about the great buffalo jumps of our ancestors, I call on Jack Brink (Siipistoto'tokaan). He knows the real stories, and he tells them with respect. This is the book I have been waiting for, by the person I was hoping would write it."―Narcisse Blood, Red Crow College, Kainai Nation

"How could ancient hunters, lacking horses and firearms, persuade entire herds of bison to gallop to a particular spot on the edge of a cliff and plunge to their deaths? Working from eyewitness accounts by early European explorers, thousands of years of archaeological evidence, and ancient stories passed down over generations, Brink puts flesh on the bones of history in this epic, real―life tale of courage, ingenuity, and the struggle to survive."―Christopher Morse

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