The American Bison
With their disappearance from the land, the spirit of the wild bison was carried forth in the guise of these six “last” members of their species: The American Bison Group. Theirs is the measure and the essence of what once was—the animal in its landscape—a reminder of all that was lost. For nearly a century, as the number of living bison continued it’s slow, tentative climb from near-extinction, the bison group stood as testament to this tragic chapter of the nation’s blighted environmental past. Then, something almost unimaginable happened: the bison group, much like the wild form itself, was lost and almost forgotten. Today, as the number of living bison rises again, America’s bison group, too, has risen from the ash-heap of history. The resurgence carries us forth today—onward to precisely where, no one can say. But, once again, it is the American Bison Group—the spirit and essence of the creature itself—which shows us now what the bison is, how the wild form can be saved, and what we both must have—humans and bison—to survive the future.