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Tuesday, October 17, 2023 – The making of “The American Buffalo”

Director Ken Burns recruited Native filmmakers, producers, and actors to help tell the story of the iconic Plains animal, the buffalo. The new PBS documentary The American Buffalo chronicles the history of the buffalo – from its sacred connection to tribes to its almost complete demise – and the contemporary work by tribes to restore herds descended from the survivors of the federal government’s efforts to eradicate them. We’ll hear from the show’s creators and tribal experts dedicated to reviving the important and once plentiful species.


Ken Burnsdocumentary filmmaker and director of The American Buffalo

 Julianna Brannum (citizen of the Comanche Nation), consulting producer on The American Buffalo, director of public media programs for Vision Maker Media, and documentary filmmaker

Dr. Rosalyn LaPier (enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and Métis), professor of history at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign