Friday, December 11, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
For thousands of years, huge herds of buffalo roamed North America, from the upper reaches of the continent down through Mexico. They were a dominant force, and part of the largest community of wild animals in the history of the world.
With the buffalo's long history comes an equally fascinating history of products and trinkets made from the animal, from Native Americans' use of them in everyday life to the clothes and novelty trinkets made today.
The Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival may only be celebrating its 22nd year, compared to the roundup's 50th, but it's an equally essential part of one of South Dakota's greatest events, according to organizers.
By the late 1800s, the American buffalo was teetering on extinction, decimated by decades of hunting and slaughter. Herds that once roamed the continent in the tens of millions had been reduced to fewer than 1,000.
"Dutchers" from around the region will face off this weekend in a cooking competition at Custer State Park as part of the extended Buffalo Roundup weekend.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Saturday, September 28, 2013
CUSTER | In a ritual as regular as falling leaves, Custer State Park staff and horseback volunteers rounded up more than 1,000 American bison Friday — a running of the bulls, South Dakota-style.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Bob Lantis says the best way to describe the harried, fast-paced race across an open prairie while on horseback and alongside almost 1,400 buffalo is that it’s always “an adrenaline high.”
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
CUSTER STATE PARK – The plains of Custer State Park will thunder once again during the park’s 47th Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival September 22-24.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, October 08, 2011
There is a historic marker west of Custer that reads in part: “ Historic Sites, Buffalo Rock – Site where the last buffalo was killed in the Black Hills in 1887 by Joe Humphreus, Bob Patterson – Charles Sager.”
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
For years, the annual roundup of Custer State Park’s buffalo herd was a small affair with mostly buffalo ranchers in attendance looking to add stock to their herds.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Monday, September 27, 2010
CUSTER STATE PARK -- The hillsides grew quiet with anticipation Monday morning after hours of waiting for 1,100 buffalo gathered miles away. Shortly after 9:30 a.m, the cracks of bullwhips and cowboy hollers said it all. The main attraction had arrived.