Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:04 AM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
Updated: Jul 16, 2012 10:43 AM
ULM- Visitors to the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park near Ulm flew back in time Saturday, learning about the tools used during the prehistoric period.
Park interpreter Paul Lloyd-Davies taught a class of nearly 20 people about what kind of tools were used when Native Americans drove buffalo off the cliffs at the park.
Along with the tools, visitors learned about what parts of the buffalo were used for food and everyday living like tipis.
"The buffalo was kind of like the almost everything on four leg feet for them because it could provide what they needed for food, clothing, shelter, tools, weapons, hundreds of different uses that they needed for everyday life," Lloyd-Davies said.
Visitor Dave Viste compared it to how we live today: "It's interesting to go back on how we still kind of do the same things that they did back then. We had to have food, shelter, and we just had a different way of getting it and different tools to get to that point."
Bones can still be found about 15 feet under the soil near the jumps. Lloyd-Davies said 14 tribes have a connection to the park. Learn more at the park website.