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Montana: Madison Buffalo Jump

Early June one Sunday Morning, we went for a drive and end up at the Madison River Buffalo Jump.

Early June is a great time to go hike up the cliffs and make the loop through the park.

When buffalo roamed the plains, native people followed  seasonal patterns influenced by the lifecycles of plants, spawning of fish, and migrations of game. The Madison River Valley provided all of these resources, but the Madison Buffalo Jump specifically drew people for buffalo hunts.

The spectacular cliff was an important hunting tool to native people. With the surrounding landscape, the site had all the necessary elements for a successful buffalo jump. Working cooperatively, people used their remarkable skill and knowledge of the ways of the buffalo to drive the animals off the cliff. Large quantities of food and essentials were gathered. The buffalo jump was often the key to existence for native peoples.

Madison Buffalo Jump State Park is located seven miles south of the Logan I-90 interchange.  It is open year round, and is in close proximity to Missouri Headwaters State Park and Yellowstone National Park.

Sosoni’ speaking people (Shoshone) probably used the Madison Buffalo Jump most frequently, but many nations have called this area home. Ancestral bands of Séliš (Salish), Qalispé (Pend d’Oreille), Bannock, Apsáalooke (Crow) and most recently Nitsitapii (Blackfeet) were drawn to this area’s abundant resources. Using both oral histories from tribal members and archaeological evidence to write the story, interpretive displays at the pavilion enlighten visitors to the drama of the Madison Buffalo Jump for nearly 2000 years.  The also park offers a picnic area and hiking trails. A hike to the top of the jump provides an impressive view of the Madison Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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