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THE BUFFALO HUNT
Edwin Shrake
December 25, 1967
This story is from Edwin Shrake's 'Blessed McGill' a forthcoming novel about a frontiersman who lived part of his life among the Indians of the Southwest a century ago. Shrake's deceptively laconic account of a buffalo hunt and its tragic aftermath reads like contemporary fiction—which it is. But it also is a meticulously researched and compelling re-creation of a little-known aspect of the American past
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December 25, 1967

The Buffalo Hunt

This story is from Edwin Shrake's 'Blessed McGill' a forthcoming novel about a frontiersman who lived part of his life among the Indians of the Southwest a century ago. Shrake's deceptively laconic account of a buffalo hunt and its tragic aftermath reads like contemporary fiction—which it is. But it also is a meticulously researched and compelling re-creation of a little-known aspect of the American past

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Badthing sat down and lit his pipe. Yellow Head did not look. At length Charlie Otter made a speech thanking me. I spoke in reply and when I was through I turned and Yellow Head had disappeared. Badthing stayed in his baak eating peyote and chanting for the next three days while I salted and partially cured 200 pounds of hams that I could take back to a smokehouse. When I was packing to leave for Austin to pick up Barney Swift and go look for the mine in Chihuahua, Badthing appeared and presented me with a bag of marrow that I could spread like butter on my biscuits. He said he had had a most favorable vision for my journey. I replied that I would need it, and I did.

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