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Social Studies +4 Age Level Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

At their peak there may have been as many as 60 million Bison Bison roaming America. By the start of the 1800s, the impact of Euro-Americans on Bison herds was already evident. Throughout the 1800s, the bison population decreased from millions to less  than 400 wild bison left in the United States.

1.  Look through the provided artworks of bison provided.

2.  Select two artworks.

3.  For each artwork do See, Think, Wonder. 

See - write down exactly what you see.

Think - write a sentence about what you think about the artwork.

Wonder - write a sentence about something the artwork made you wonder about.

4. Write a short paragraph (3-5 sentences) comparing and contrasting the two different depictions of bison.


Adult Bison with Young Bison n.d. Painting

National Anthropological Archives

Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bison at Bay

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bison

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bison and Hunter

National Museum of the American Indian

Arctic Bison

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Stone Carving Of Bison

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Bison Hunt n.d. Painting

National Anthropological Archives

Bisonte con palmeras (Bison with Palm Trees)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Bison (standing) [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sioux Indian drawing, "This is American Bison"

National Museum of American History

Bison [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Bison [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Buffalo Chase in Winter, Indians on Snowshoes

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bos Americanus, Gmel.

National Museum of American History

Cast Of Replica Of Clay Bison.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Dying Buffalo, Shot with an Arrow

Smithsonian American Art Museum