Cooking Over A Buffalo Chip Fire!

The buffalo was an essential part of Native American life, used in everything from religious rituals to teepee construction.  Watch and learn with this great video from the History Channel: http://www.history.com/topics/westward-expansion/videos#the-buffalo-and-native-americans

Since we are cooking with buffalo dung, lets learn about how buffalo were nearly brought to extinction with this History Channel video: http://www.history.com/shows/america-the-story-of-us/videos/american-buffalo?m=5189719baf036&s=All&f=1&free=false

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ABOVE: Even after the Oregon Trail era, settlers in Nebraska used buffalo and cow dung to cook with—because the dried chips burned so well. Read more about it here: http://www.america101.us/trail/buffalo.html

Read about what it was like at a pioneer campsite from around 6:00pm to 9:00 pm, which is when most crashed for the night: http://www.america101.us/trail/Camping.html

Categories: Nebraska, On the Trail | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Cooking Over A Buffalo Chip Fire!

  1. Tina L.

    I love this one. We are homeschoolers and bike riders also. We actually just got done with studying more in depth about the oregan trail because my son was so fascinated in the way the pioneers lived traveling. His favorite fact out of the whole book we studied from was that they used buffalo chips (aka poo) to make their fires. So natuarally this video was right up his alley. We will continue reading your posts or blogs about traveling he is always talking about how he would like to go to the places he read about where you can still see the wagon ruts from so long ago. And him and I being bikers he can see the bicycle aspect as being adventurous too.

  2. I’m glad he liked it! Please let me know if he/you would like any other information about the Trail! (Teachers love students with questions!)

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