Home on the Plains: A Bison’s Journey

by  Panhandle Plains Historical Museum

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When Christopher Columbus landed on the eastern shores of North America, there were an estimated 60,000,000 bison roaming the land. For thousands of years Plains Indians hunted bison to use a food, clothing and shelter. When the first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, the buffalo hunters soon followed, and the bison began vanishing from the prairies.

Join us as we discuss the impact of the buffalo on the Plains Indians, what happened when the hide hunters came and about the people who rescued the bison from extinction. We will use artifacts, videos and historic photographs to tell the story.

Please note: We plan to show a historical reenactment of the processing of a buffalo. This video is somewhat graphic in nature, and is intended for students in the 3rd grade and up.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $75.00
View Only: 75.00
Point to Point: $75.00
By Request: $75.00


50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the program or the full program fee will be charged.

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Panhandle Plains Historical Museum

Canyon, TX
United States

Where can you explore more than 500 million years of history across 26,000 square miles under one roof? Since opening as a one-room gallery called Pioneer Hall in 1933, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum has become the largest history museum in Texas. PPHM is committed to bringing new and engaging exhibits to students and teachers and demonstrating our relevance to every generation every day. PPHM's collections encompass a range of diverse subjects including art, history, archeology, paleontology, ethnology, geology, petroleum, textiles, weapons, transportation and sports.

Sheridan Voigt

Program Details


1. This program will begin with facts about the bison
2. We will answer the question: Is it a buffalo or a bison?
3. Students will view a bison population map and we will discuss how many bison there were.
4. We will discuss the methods the Native Americans used to hunt the bison
5. Students will watch a historical reenactment of the processing of a buffalo
6. We will talk about what happened when the railroad was completed in the Panhandle
7. We will discuss the bison slaughter
9. Finally, we will talk about the people who saved the buffalo from extinction in the Panhandle
10. Question and answer with the presenter


The participant will
Explore how Indians used the bison for their food, clothing and shelter
Compare and contrast the Indians to the Bison Hunters
Engage in a discussion about the government's involvement in the slaughter
Develop an appreciation for the conservationists who saved the animal from extinction

Standards Alignment

National Standards

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Building on the best of existing state standards, the Common Core State Standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life. The standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning.
The standards are:
Research and evidence based
Clear, understandable, and consistent
Aligned with college and career expectations
Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society
According to the best available evidence, the mastery of each standard is essential for success in college, career, and life in today’s global economy.

State Standards

**Find more at https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards

Curriculum Standards
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state's public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders.

TEXAS: Social Studies: K.3B;K.5B;K.6AC;1.3A;1.6C;1,7AB;1.17B;2.2AB;2.7C;3.3AC;4.1BD;4.10A;4.21A;5.9A;6.2AB;6.15A;7.10AB;8.11A
*TEKS will be covered up to 12th grade.*