Miller illustrated a number of different methods that the Indians used in hunting the buffalo. In this scene, they have trapped the bull on “a rolling prairie, and this is always unfavorable to the Buffalo.” Miller explained: “To urge his huge weight up hill is to him not a labor of love. He is here at bay, and has fallen at the top of the hill;--wounded, but by no means vanquished.” The Indians continue to harass him, “racing round about tantalizing and menacing him,--fluttering a red cloth, and yelling at the top of their lungs.”
He bellows from impotent rage, rises on his feet, stamps the ground, flings the earth all around him, and then makes a dash at the nearest,--being perfectly familiar with the habits of the animal, they are quite prepared for this, and a general stampede follows,--the attack is renewed as soon as he stops;--until exhausted with weakness and loss of blood, he falls again and is dispatched with spears or arrows. At times they require a good deal of killing—being very tenacious of life. (Ross, 1968, text accompanying plate 91)
This sketch may be the document that Miller made while in the field.
UL: Wounded Buffalo. UR: illeg. LR: Hunt of the / Buffalo
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