. . . But found it annoying and couldn't get into it.
tonight, it's getting better.
“What do they do with all those hides, anyway?”
“They cut them up to make belts to drive machinery back East. Whether it’s steam power or water power, the power has to be transmitted to the pulleys somehow, and buffalo hide is cheap and wears well. Also, the bones can be ground into fertilizer.”
“So the buffalo are being turned into the very things that hasten their demise— fertilizer for farmland and pulleys to drive machinery that produces everything from guns to barbed wire.”
“How is that different than the Comanche using buffalo meat for food and the hide for their lodges and the tails for fly swatters?”
“One is a matter of need,” I said. “The other is just an example of greed.”
i was under the impression that they stripped the skins and left the carcasses to rot. I was not aware that they used the bones for fertilizer. So, not quite such a travesty.
No, still a travesty. But also, old news. There's plenty more to take its place in contemporary time.