LAST ISSUE’S OBJECT: Bison vertebra with arrowhead
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 historymuseum.ca.