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Dakota PathwaysPeople of the Bison

Take an exciting journey through more than a thousand years of South Dakota history with this Emmy Award-winning twenty-episode series. From our state’s ancient beginnings through contemporary times, Dakota Pathways: A History brings the stories of South Dakota’s people and places to life.


People of the Bison: The Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota people have long made this region of the country home. The bison (buffalo) played a major role in their lives.

Large Male Bison (Buffalo)

From the buffalo, they got hides for their teepees, bones for tools, meat for food, and even spirits for their souls. As the bison migrated in the great circle of life, so did the people. They were, after all, people of the bison.


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