Colonialism Skateboards Re-issue Buffalo Deck in 8.25", 8.50" or 8.75"
"This re-issue graphic from Colonialism Skateboards explores the mass extermination and near extinction of the plains buffalo – a fundamental consequence of colonization in North America, and particularly Canada. Prior to (and even after) the arrival of European settlers, Indigenous peoples largely subsisted on the bison, hunting them on foot with the use of spears and other handmade weapons. Indigenous peoples depended on this valuable resource for their way of life, and the bison evolved into an integral part of their culture. There were more than 120 uses for the bison and virtually every part of the animal, including the bones, were used. As generations passed, Indigenous peoples mastered their techniques, eventually killing mass quantities of bison in a single hunt while still maintaining healthy bison populations. This was the case with the ‘buffalo jump’, a communal practice through hunters would drive a herd of bison over a cliff, breaking their limbs and making them immobile (if not outright killing them), and immediately finish the hunt using their handmade weapons. This strategy was used for generations before European newcomers introduced hunting aids of their own – the consequences of which would prove to be disastrous." - Colonialism