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About this painting

Paul Kane, Assiniboine Hunting Buffalo, ca. 1851-1856. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

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  • Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony: First part of a North Carolina history text for secondary students, covering the land, American Indians before contact with Europeans, Spanish exploration, the Roanoke colony, and the Columbian Exchange. (Page 5.1)

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  • See our collection of articles on visual literacy for ideas on using photographs meaningfully in the classroom.
Painting of two American Indians hunting a buffalo on horseback.

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Paul Kane’s circa 1851-1856 painting depicts two Plains Indians on horseback hunting a buffalo. The introduction of horses by Spanish settlers changed the way Plains Indians hunted, allowing them to overtake buffalo by speed.