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Great Plains Research (February 1995) 5(1): 171-173.


Copyright 1995, Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This volume contains 12 contributions that deal with North American bison in relation to paleontology, archaeology and cultural resource management, the fur trade, portrayal in art and literature, disease and population ecology, and Native American land tenure.

There are two general themes that dominate this book. First, two articles by Jack Brink and Ed Sponholz discuss the role of Native Americans in the interpretation and preservation of cultural resources. Both authors focus on the spectacular prehistoric Head-Smashed-In bison jump in southwestern Alberta. Head-Smashed-In is a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage site that has been developed in cooperation with the Peigan tribe of the Blackfoot Nation. Sponholz devotes much of his article to a description of the $10 million Interpretive Centre and the broad range of multicultural events and educational activities that take place at this very innovative multiple use facility.