Yesterday I wrote about our trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota last weekend. Actually, that post was more about our misadventures with the trailer we rented. This one will be more positive and well illustrated with American Bison, also known as Buffaloes, so if you are not enthused about such critters, back off immediately.
Buffaloes were central to the culture of Plains Indians, including the Lakota Sioux people, many of whom still live in South Dakota. I have previously written about the Pine Ridge Reservation. Tomorrow, I intend to write about a famous Lakota leader, Crazy Horse.
There is a large buffalo herd in Custer State Park. Yesterday was the annual buffalo round-up there. During the weekend prior to that event, when we were visiting, the town of Custer celebrated the importance of buffalo to the area in many ways. On street corners throughout downtown Custer were life-size model buffaloes that had been painted creatively by artists. On Friday evening was a reception at a bank at which the public could meet the artists and get a preview of their artwork, which was auctioned off the next day. Not only were the full sized buffaloes auctioned, but also smaller sculptures of buffaloes and paintings of buffaloes. Lots of buffalo art! Since our home is decorated with western art, and since Miss Sugar is an artist and art teacher, the art auction was of great interest to us. I’d like to say that we picked this weekend so that we could attend, but it was simply good luck that we happened to be there.
Now you are probably wondering what art we purchased. The answer is that the bidders were out of our league. However, we did buy a buffalo skull from a booth of such items. It was not part of the auction but it was part of the buffalo festival.
We’d like to go back to Custer, South Dakota next September for the buffalo weekend.