Season 3, Episode 5, Part 1: "Nan Awaya Farmstead and The Mighty Bison with Ian (Choctaw) and Amy (Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole & Creek) Thompson”

For centuries, he provided nourishment for hundreds of families. And for countless winters, his wooly coat sheltered them from the freezing, bitter winds.

He’s the American Bison. And as this beautiful creature was nearly erased from the earth, he still survived and carried on in all his majesty, just as our Choctaw people also live on.

My guests, Amy and Ian Thompson of Nan Awaya Homestead are some of the caretakers of our great and mighty bison, and of our Oklahoma lands and traditional Choctaw foods.

I know you will absolutely enjoy this episode where we learn about the history of the buffalo and our Native heritage surrounding these stunning creatures, as well as:

  • The story of the buffalo vs the train
  • The near extinction of our great bison
  • Buffalo parenting
  • How much buffalo weigh, how fast they can run and how high they can jump
  • On a scale of 1-10, how ignorant people are who try to pet these beasts
  • Revitalizing healthy Choctaw traditional cuisine
  • Restoring the native landscapes of our pastures

As you may know, I’ve always been a huge an of the American Bison. In fact, my logo is a buffalo (his name is Yvnvsh – meaning “buffalo” in Choctaw). So for many reasons, this episode is near and dear to my heart.

Join us as we pay tribute to the mighty yvnvsh!


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