Here it is, Sunday once again. Note to all of you who live in areas affected by daylight savings time, you need to roll your clocks back one hour this morning. Just for kicks, I am scheduling this post to be published at 2:00 AM this morning. Or is it really 1:00 AM? Oh well, you get the idea. As has been my custom since starting my Sunday hunt for links series, I want to include a short profile and a few pictures of an animal. The one I chose for this week’s post is one that epitomizes native America more than any other animal. At one point in our history, the American Bison or the American Buffalo roamed the grasslands of our country in herds so vast, trains traveling across the country had to stop for long periods of time to let them pass. They could be found in most of the United States and Canada and parts of Mexico. They are a massive animal, standing as high as 6′ 6″ at the shoulders and weighing as much as 2,200 pounds, so all in all, they can be very intimidating if they face off at you.
The American Bison was the staple for several Native American tribes and their lifestyle and travel was centered around the shaggy creatures. I suppose you could say it was nature at work, as the Indians kept the bison population regulated and at the same time, fed and clothed their families. From Nebraska Studies here are a few ways these animals provided for Native Americans.
Each bison provided the tribes with a wealth of different raw materials above and beyond the meat. A bison bull in good condition might weigh more than 2,000 pounds and provide about 800 pounds of useable meat. Cows weighed from 700 to 1,200 pounds, and provided an average of 400 pounds of meat. Horns were fashioned into spoons or scoops. The extra thick hide on the top of the head became a bowl. The heart was used as a sack to carry dried meat. The furry hide was tanned and used by the tribe as the walls of their tepees. Later, these hides became a thriving trade item for them. Even the stomach could be used as a cooking vessel. The stomach would be filled with water, meat, herbs and wild onions. Then hot rocks were placed into the mixture to bring it to a boil. A little later, the tribe had stew.
I hope you enjoyed reading this little tidbit of American history. Now, to the hunt for links and as you can expect, several of them have to do with the mid-term election on November 2 and three of them are Oklahoma blogs you may not have read before.
4Walls and A View tells us about Dominique’s decision to change the way she responds to stressful situations.
America’s Watchtower says that President Obama thinks the election was about his lack of communications.
Batesline reflects on the outcome of the elections in Oklahoma.
Bunkerville has the reaction over the election results from liberal bloggers.
Capitol Commentary tells Harrison’s story of how he became a conservative. For what it’s worth, this is probably my favorite post of the week.
Conservative Hideout explains how President Obama or Nancy Pelosi simply miss the point of their defeat at the polls.
The Current wonders if we have placed our faith in a corrupt electoral system.
Fair And Biased says governing from the middle may not be the best tact to take for Oklahoma’s new Republican leadership.
Fleece Me lays out how it was Nancy Pelosi who created the party of No.
The Independent Bloghorn says the teacher’s unions and potheads in California are made for each other.
The Lonely Conservative thinks we should manager our expectations after the election victory we have won.
Maggie’s Notebook has the somewhat ironic story of Cuba, Iran, and Korea weighing in on possible human rights violations by our country.
Motor City Times says the EPA is working to indoctrinate our youth.
Muskogee Politico illustrates the state Senate races in Oklahoma.
One Mom says Michigan changed things up and went red.
Paladin’s Page thinks the shot that was fired on November 2 was heard around our nation.
Reporter 37 has one of the best posts I have read concerning Oklahoma State Question 755 and Sharia Law.
Republican Redefined has four of his own predictions about the Obama presidency, post election.
rjjrdq’s America II says the non-citizen voting measure in Portland, ME was barely defeated.
Sanity Sentinel tells us the story of an African-American Republican trying to join the Congressional Black Caucus.