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Professor John Hall

Journal of Economic Literature Classification Codes

J15, N51, Q31

Key Words

Bison, Great Plains Region, Hide Market, Indigenous Peoples, Tanning Technology


This inquiry seeks to establish that innovations in tanning technology advanced by Europeans in the late 19th century accelerated the destruction of the bison, and subsequently the downfall of bison-reliant indigenous groups of the Great Plains, especially. The North American bison is considered as a crucial natural resource in the plains region of North America. What this inquiry seeks to emphasize is that advancements in technology, coupled with a growing demand for bison hides, contributed to the demise of bison populations. Lastly, this inquiry seeks to examine the near extinction of the plains bison and some of the effects their demise had on bison-reliant tribes.


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