Native Americans & Buffalo: Symbolism, Uses & Importance


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Bison are most associated with Amerindian nations of which geographical region?

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1. What was the only part of the bison which was never used by Amerindian nations?

2. Why did Amerindian nations put such great effort into using all of the parts of the bison?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer these study questions to get an idea of how much you know about Native American buffalo. Quiz topics include the region closely associated with Amerindian nations and parts of the bison that Amerindians used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following will be addressed:

  • Reason Amerindian peoples used the buffalo
  • Aspect of society Amerindians based on the bison
  • A reduction of the bison population and how it impacted Amerindian nations

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about North American buffalo
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a reduction in their population and how that affected Amerindian nations
  • Making connections - use understanding of Amerindian nations and how their societies were connected to the buffalo they used

Additional Learning

Learn more with the lesson entitled Native Americans & Buffalo: Symbolism, Uses & Importance. The following points will be highlighted:

  • Scientific name for buffalo
  • Details about the ways Amerindian used the buffalo
  • Analysis of the buffalo's importance to Amerindians and their way of life
  • An abrupt dwindling of buffalo population due to white American society
  • The Ghost Dance