LAST IS­SUE’S OB­JECT: Bi­son ver­te­bra with ar­row­head

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This tho­racic ver­te­bra from a bi­son has been punc­tured by an iron ar­row­head and is a rare ex­am­ple of the e ec­tive­ness of tra­di­tional In­dige­nous hunt­ing tech­niques. Iron ar­row­heads rapidly re­placed chert (stone) ar­row­heads fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Euro­peans on the Prairies. Sim­i­lar ver­te­brae em­bed­ded with chert ar­row­heads have been found, in­di­cat­ing that de­spite tech­no­log­i­cal change, lo­cal In­dige­nous peo­ple con­tin­ued to hunt bi­son in much the same way while in­cor­po­rat­ing new ma­te­ri­als in their tra­di­tional weapons. This spec­i­men was found in the mid- s in Saskatchewan’s Cy­press Hills and is dis­played in the new Cana­dian His­tory Hall of the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory. With files from the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory. Learn more about this ar­ti­fact and oth­ers by vis­it­ing his­to­ry­mu­

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