Posted by Bill R on October 25, 2000 at 13:00:46:
In Reply to: Re: Buffalo in PA posted by Dr. Uncle Mark on October 25, 2000 at 12:43:30:
Well, I see I was totally off base on this one! Thanks for the story Drunkle. I was born in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania folks - you don't have to genuflect to me!) and lived near Harrisburg and in Chambersburg for years. Never heard that story. Was not even aware there was such a thing as woods buffalo. Thanks for the info.
: More info on bison.....
: There are several "buffalo" farms here in central PA and a private farm near Dewart, PA (which is near Montogmery, which is near Williamsport....PA has a lot of small towns!!) which has some bison....Uncle Davey and I grew up near there and Seamus still lives right near this place.From what I understand, the east was populated with woods bison, smaller than the plains bison. I believe the woods bison is now extinct...believe I read that someplace...so all we have left is plains bison to enjoy.
: Course, all of you know what a "buffalo stand" is, right? Buffalo hunters armed with a Sharps could wipe out hundreds of buffalo in a few hours if they got a "buffalo stand"....sad, very sad, what us white people can do!! Anyway, the story of the last buffalo in PA is interesting (I lived nearby Middleburg at one time also, which is near Selinsgrove, which is near Sunbury, which is north of Harrisburg.....you get the picture!!), but I don't believe the story was ever completely proven...supposedly this woods bison (the last buffalo in PA) had lived in the area for quite a few years, and one day it went mad and crashed through someone's cabin near Middleburg (early 1800s??) so the owner of the cabin shot the buffalo. It even had a name and was quite a mascot for the area.
: Ok, nuff of that...what's the next subject....Delaware Language? Listen to cousin Seamus (Mikey). I have the Wennawoods book also, but never took the time to learn the language cause, who am I going to speak it with!! However, I do know Indian sign language and Sign Talker (a real person, you know) and I have spent days just signing together, no talking!! Spent a day in a tipi once with a winter storm swirling outside, and we signed the whole time. It's a great experience and Indian sign is a beautiful thing to watch.
: Pax Aye!
: Dr. Uncle Mark
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