In Search of a Lost Icon
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|Format:||Paperback, 288 pages|
|Published In: ||Australia, 29 June 2009|
In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a single wild buffalo in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds, Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside and then raft the meat back to civilisation, trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. American Buffalo is the story of Rinella's hunt. But beyond that, it is a chronicle of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped American identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo's past, present, and future - from buffalo jumps where Native Americans once ran buffalo over cliffs by the thousands, to an abattoir-turned-fashion mecca in Manhattan, where a depressed buffalo named Black Diamond met his fate after serving as the model for the American nickel. Rinella is the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with a blend of facts and observations about history, biology, and the natural world. American Buffalo is both a riveting yarn and a book of environmental and historical significance.
Outside magazine correspondent Rinella, who won a lottery in 2005 to hunt buffalo, considers this animal's influence on the American imagination. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
In this spare, eloquent memoir, Rinella (The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine) describes his fascination with the American bison, which culminated in his tracking, shooting and butchering one. Rinella was one of 24 people in 2005 to win a lottery to hunt buffalo in the foothills of Alaska's Wrangell Mountains. So Rinella set off into the wilderness to fulfill his lifelong ambition. As he pursues the buffalo herd, Rinella also explores the long relationship between humans and an animal that they drove to the edge of extinction. In his journey through the wilderness, Rinella encounters grizzlies, white water rapids and frostbite; in his trek through history he depicts fur traders, early Native Americans and epics of slaughter that left the prairies littered with buffalo bones. Rinella's understated prose shows great flexibility, and he is by turns moving and downright funny. An experienced outdoorsman and hunter, Rinella writes with authority about the process of turning a living creature into steak, and easily renders an enormous amount of historical and scientific information into a thoroughly engaging narrative. (Dec.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
|Publisher: ||The Text Publishing Company|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 centimeters|