With spring happening on the prairies, the Buffalo beans are one of the first wildflowers to bloom.
First Nations people used the Buffalo Beans as a source of yellow dye and to time their bison hunt. It is said that when the Buffalo Beans bloomed, the bison would be passing through and their meat would have of the desired quality for hunting.
Interestingly enough, even with the choice of using either a bow and arrow, or a rifle to hunt Plains Bison, the bow and arrow was still the weapon of choice by the first nations people for some years after the rifle became available to them.
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