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Behind the Scenes | Making The American Buffalo

Season 1 | 6m 31s

Ken Burns, Julie Dunfey and Dayton Duncan give us a behind-the-scenes look at the production of The American Buffalo. The film is biography of an animal, but also a window into a broader American history.

Corporate funding for The American Buffalo was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by The Better Angels Society and its following members: The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation fund at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation; Diane and Hal Brierley; The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment; John and Catherine Debs; Kissick Family Foundation; Fred and Donna Seigel; Jacqueline Mars; John and Leslie McQuown; and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tudor Jones. Funding was also provided by The Volgenau Foundation.
Extras
Homecoming follows Jason Baldes as he leads historic transfers of bison to Tribal lands.
These short films weave together Native voices and perspectives relating to buffalo.
The Rosebud Indian Reservations Wolakota Project aims to bring the buffalo home.
Iniskim follows a young woman’s journey to recovery by reconnecting with the buffalo.
An intimate look at the only indigenous tribal-led buffalo drive in North America.
Grinnell fought the destruction of birds and other wildlife, including the buffalo.
More than 250 Lakotas – mostly women and children – were killed by U.S. soldiers.
The 1913 Buffalo Nickel raises important questions how we think of the American West.
By 1889, Buffalo Bill Cody was the most famous American in the world.
Examining the center of one of the country’s most mythic and heartbreaking tales.