American Buffalo In Search Of A Lost Icon

Author: Steven Rinella
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0385521693
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From the host of the Travel Channel’s “The Wild Within.”

A hunt for the American buffalo—an adventurous, fascinating examination of an animal that has haunted the American imagination.
 
In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds—there’s only a 2 percent chance of drawing the permit, and fewer than 20 percent of those hunters are successful—Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside and then raft the meat back to civilization while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Throughout these adventures, Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years’ worth of buffalo hunters in North America, as well as the buffalo’s place in the American experience. At the time of the Revolutionary War, North America was home to approximately 40 million buffalo, the largest herd of big mammals on the planet, but by the mid-1890s only a few hundred remained. Now that the buffalo is on the verge of a dramatic ecological recovery across the West, Americans are faced with the challenge of how, and if, we can dare to share our land with a beast that is the embodiment of the American wilderness.

American Buffalo is a narrative tale of Rinella’s hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo’s past, present, and future: to the Bering Land Bridge, where scientists search for buffalo bones amid artifacts of the New World’s earliest human inhabitants; to buffalo jumps where Native Americans once ran buffalo over cliffs by the thousands; to the Detroit Carbon works, a “bone charcoal” plant that made fortunes in the late 1800s by turning millions of tons of buffalo bones into bone meal, black dye, and fine china; and even to an abattoir turned fashion mecca in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, where a depressed buffalo named Black Diamond met his fate after serving as the model for the American nickel.

 Rinella’s erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with a quirky blend of facts and observations about history, biology, and the natural world. Both a captivating narrative and a book of environmental and historical significance, American Buffalo tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos.

What The Whole World Is Saying 100 Sensational Statements About American Buffalo In Search Of A Lost Icon

Author: Joseph Finning
Publisher: Lennex
ISBN: 5458858328
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American Buffalo

Author: Steven Rinella
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 9780385526852
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American Buffalo is a narrative tale of Rinella’s hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity.

American Buffalo

Author: Steven Rinella
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0385521693
Size: 42.66 MB
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American Buffalo is a narrative tale of Rinella's hunt for this animal in the Alaskan wilderness. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity.

The Complete Guide To Hunting Butchering And Cooking Wild Game

Author: Steven Rinella
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0812994078
Size: 10.90 MB
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This invaluable book includes • recommendations on what equipment you will need—and what you can do without—from clothing to cutlery to camping gear to weapons • basic and advanced hunting strategies, including spot-and-stalk ...

Meat Eater

Author: Steven Rinella
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0679645284
Size: 23.86 MB
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. . . This book was a page-turner.”—Tim Ferris “Rinella’s writing is unerringly smart, direct, and sharply detailed.”—The Boston Globe “A unique and valuable alternate view of where our food comes from.”—Anthony Bourdain

Coyote America

Author: Dan Flores
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0465098533
Size: 53.22 MB
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" -Wall Street Journal Legends don't come close to capturing the incredible story of the coyote In the face of centuries of campaigns of annihilation employing gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn't just survive, they ...

The Scavenger S Guide To Haute Cuisine

Author: Steve Rinella
Publisher: Miramax Books
ISBN: 9781401360177
Size: 43.40 MB
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A hybrid of memoir, cookbook, and travelogue, and a love song to hunting and fishing and the American wild, The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine is about one man's quest to live off the land and recreate the recipes from Escoffier's Le ...

American Serengeti

Author: Dan Flores
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780700624669
Size: 55.94 MB
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Pronghorn antelope, gray wolves, bison, coyotes, wild horses, and grizzly bears: less than two hundred years ago these creatures existed in such abundance that John James Audubon was moved to write, 'It is impossible to describe or even ...

American Plains Bison

Author: James A. Bailey
Publisher: Sweetgrass Books
ISBN: 9781591521235
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The book presents his original and lively analysis of 44 conservation bison herds on native range in the United States.

My Life With The Eskimo

Author: Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
ISBN: 9781417923953
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He wrote voluminously about his travels and observations. My Life with the Eskimo is one of his many books.