Archive for November 20th, 2011

Yvnvssv Hetke, the oldest white bison in North American, walked on last month. (Suzan Shown Harjo/Courtesy Perryman Ranch, via ICTMN)

North America’s oldest white bison dies
After a good long life, the oldest white bison in North American has died. Yvnvssv Hetke was 30 years old and walked on in October, ICTMN reports.

    According to the Native American Times, Yvnvssv Hetke — Muscogee for bison — was found the morning after the October full moon at the west end of Perryman Ranch, in Jenks, Oklahoma, where he had lived for the last 20 years with a herd of longhorn cattle. A veterinarian determined he died of natural causes.

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    The Native American Times also reported the bison led a good life, having been known to have a number of “girlfriends” among the longhorn herd, which are descendants of the original Perryman herd driven to Oklahoma from Alabama around 1830.

Discussion gives insight into Native American Thanksgiving
It’s hard for many people to imagine the first Thanksgiving as anything but a happy meeting between the Pilgrims and Indians in front of tables full of food.

Of course, there’s a lot more to the story. The Purdue Exponent of West Lafayette, Indiana, reports on one effortto educate people about a broader version:

    Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, a member of the Navajo tribe and director of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center (at Purdue), said she hopes to increase awareness among the students and public.

    “We have a misconception that there’s just one Native American tribe, one tribal nation,” Ahasteen-Bryant said. “Introducing people, widening their perspective on the history tends to help them to form better informed opinions.”

    The discussion, titled “The First Thanksgiving: History and Insight from a Native American Perspective,” provided a look at the first Thanksgiving that most people do not consider.

Jenna Cederberg