The American Buffalo with Ken Burns

American History Hit

‘It’s one of those threads you pull on and immediately you’re connected to the whole fabric of American history.’

The American Buffalo, Bison Bison, is an icon of American identity. It is also the subject of a new two part documentary from legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and his team.

In this episode, Don and Ken explore the relationship between the United States and the buffalo, and how this relationship spills into 10,000 years of social, economic and ecological history.

Watch ‘The American Buffalo’, a two part series directed and executive produced by Ken Burns, written by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Julie Dunfey and Ken Burns, on PBS on October 16 and 17, 2023.

Produced and edited by Sophie Gee. Senior Producer was Charlotte Long.

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