Buffalo were roaming Turtle Island by the millions. They were a prominent source to Indigenous way of life, using every part of the buffalo for food, clothing and shelter.
During the height of colonialism settlers murdered buffalo as a mass genocide and cutting off Indigenous food source.
Finding an old photograph at the Banff Trading Post I traveled to the old Buffalo Paddock to find the exact location where this photo was taken. Being in the spot where a buffalo once was, I was haunted by where I was standing. The paddock was described as a zoo where tourists can come and look at buffalo from their car. From stories from my grandfather, people tormented the buffalo. Buffalo were trapped and no longer can move freely.
How can buffalo trespass when they have no concept of owned land?
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