Hunting Memories of the Grass Things

An Indigenous Reflection on Bison in Louisiana

Illustration by Carmen Price

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Hunting Memories of the Grass Things

An Indigenous Reflection on Bison in Louisiana

by Jeffery U. Darensbourg
Southern Cultures, Vol. 27, No. 1: Human/Nature

“The last chance for an anecdote has passed. Not only have the wild bison of Louisiana walked on but pieces of us walked on with them.”

A few months ago, longing for an ancestral experience I’ve never had, I went on a bison hunt to Costco, where it is possible to buy rectangular packets of mushy ground meat. While there, I spied another shrink-wrapped package in the prepared foods section, this one containing pastrami beef ribs from a company in Austin. They caught me, those ribs. They reminded me of something deep in the collective past of my people in Louisiana, and of what we have lost.

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