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Travel Bug Dog Tag Travel-Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump TB1a

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Texas, United States
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In Circle work

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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; the bag keeps the trackable clean and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

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About This Item


In the fall of 2015 we took a trip from Texas to the northwest.  We made stops in Wyoming, Montana, Alberta and British Columbia.  I am always on the lookout for things to convert to travel bugs.  This bug is one such item.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is located 10 miles northwest of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada   It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of a museum of Blackfoot culture.

The buffalo jump was used for 5,500 years by the indigenous peoples of the plains, to kill buffalo by driving them over the 36 foot high cliff (see the other uploaded photo).  Before the late introduction of horses, the Blackfoot drove the buffalo from a grazing area in the Porcupine Hills about 2 miles west of the site to the "drive lanes", lined by hundreds of cairns.  Specialized "buffalo runners" were young men trained in animal behavior to guide the buffalo into the drive lanes. Some dressed as coyotes and wolves and moved toward the herd to start in in motion.  Other young men were decked out in buffalo robes and situated themselves between the herd and cliff.  When the herd began to move, these young men would move toward the cliff, enticing others to follow.  When the herd was in full flight, at the last moment they would dodge to safety between the cairns.  At full gallop, the lead buffalo would be pushed over the cliff by the weight of the herd pressing behind them.   Immobilized animals would be slaughtered for food, clothing, dwellings and utensils.

According to legend, a young Blackfoot wanted to watch the buffalo plunge off the cliff from below, but was buried underneath the falling buffalo.  He was later found dead under the pile of carcasses, where he had his head smashed in.  However, we visited with a Blackfoot man at the interpretive center and he said that name was just a marketing ploy by the government.  There was, in fact, a site several miles away known as to the Blackfoot as Head-Smashed-In, but it simply where a crushed skull had washed out of bank and had nothing to do with a buffalo jump.

We also asked the man why in the US the tribe was called Blackfoot whereas in Canada they are Blackfeet.  He laughed and just said it about government bureaucracies.  They all call themselves Piegan, the other names originate in white culture. 

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Tracking History (34725.6mi) View Map

Dropped Off 04/09/2019 blinkyben placed it in Circle work Queensland, Australia - 822.2 miles  Visit Log

Dropped it

Retrieve It from a Cache 12/26/2018 blinkyben retrieved it from Mon Terre Queensland, Australia   Visit Log

Moved on to cairns

Dropped Off 11/10/2018 Miss_Direction placed it in Mon Terre Queensland, Australia - 69.26 miles  Visit Log

Enjoy your travels

Retrieve It from a Cache 10/12/2018 Miss_Direction retrieved it from Munro's off the rails! Queensland, Australia   Visit Log

Picked up

Discovered It 10/08/2018 2Wagtails discovered it   Visit Log

Actually discovered this one sitting in GC7XB5F Munro's off the rails!
'If' was the last finder of this cache on 5 Oct but hasn't yet logged it. 😄

Dropped Off 10/06/2018 If placed it in Munro's off the rails! Queensland, Australia - 158.19 miles  Visit Log
Visited 09/28/2018 If took it to Look around.....this is Yaegl land New South Wales, Australia - 151.92 miles  Visit Log

A great World Heritage Listed area to visit today.
But the cache container was just too small to leave the TB
Here's a photo of the buffalo charging somewhere !!

  • Here's the buffalo !!
Retrieve It from a Cache 08/31/2018 If retrieved it from Just Outa Walcha New South Wales, Australia   Visit Log

I found this interesting little TB on my travels today
Good story to go with it too
I'm sure I can find it a new home where the kangaroos roam,
and the skies are not cloudy all day

Dropped Off 06/14/2018 Smittengranny placed it in Just Outa Walcha New South Wales, Australia - 71.92 miles  Visit Log

At long last found a cache large enough for you to rest in for a while. Thanks for your company and good luck for your future travels.

Visited 06/11/2018 Smittengranny took it to Parrots in the Park New South Wales, Australia - 150.91 miles  Visit Log

Still with me as I am having trouble finding a cache large enough to hold you.

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