Lecture Description

The bison, or buffalo, is our official national mammal, and for good reason. We have been fascinated and drawn to it for centuries, and we have made of it an evolving symbol for who we are as a people and as an American nation. In this talk I will use images of the bison, from the earliest European contact nearly five hundred years ago to such modern settings as Ralph Lauren on his Colorado “ranch,” to follow how we have imagined this iconic figure of the American West and what our imaginings can tell us about ourselves.



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