NEW! The Great American Bison

NEW! The Great American Bison

Shared Cabin Triple: $550 per person
Private Cabin Double: $1,250 for two people
Private Cabin Single: $850 per person
Dates:
Aug 10 at 7 PM - Aug 13 at 9 AM
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Robert Pickering, Ph.D.
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Seminar Type:
Traditional
Program Subject:
Cultural History, Natural History, Wildlife

The story of bison/human interaction is at least as old as the Ice Age cave paintings of Altamira in Spain and Chauvet in France. Even in those early times, bison sustained people with their gifts of meat and hide and connected them to a supernatural world. These themes of sustenance and spirituality were established when humans came to the Americas. The human bonds with buffalo—both economic and spiritual—pervaded the ancient worlds of America and the Eurasian steppes. In North America, bison and humans co-existed and interacted for millennia. Native stories and histories, and archaeological investigations provide insights into this long relationship. Immerse yourself in lecture, story, and a place where bison roam.

Lodging Options:

  • Private Cabin Single: A private cabin for yourself
  • Private Cabin Double: A private cabin for yourself and one other participant of your choice
  • Shared Cabin Triple: A bed in a shared cabin with up to two other participants

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The Great American Bison

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SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.