Music for Buffalo
There have been buffalo in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park since 1890. The first two (a male and female) were from the small group of freely roaming survivors left at the end of the 19th century.
At one time there were dozens of bison in Golden Gate. Today there are three. And they are old. Two died just last month. Apparently seven more are coming in October from a ranch in Redding. While the first bison to come to San Francisco came from the Plains, the ones there today were given to the park as a birthday gift for Diane Feinstein from her husband.
Good Shield Aguilar played for the bison on August 16th. Like them, Good Shield wasn’t born in the Plains. But he is Lakota. And he believes that buffalo are not the only ones to have genetic memories.
When he isn’t playing music he’s working in Montana for the Buffalo Field Campaign.
As for the bison in San Francisco, the official park website raises expectations:
“Overall, don’t expect a grand show of movement and daring feats when visiting the bison. They tend to keep to themselves and really don’t engage in any exciting activities. They appear in the standing position for most of the day and sometimes sit about. If you are lucky, one of the bison may slowly travel from the field to the corral. If we capture any great moments, we will use cd duplication to share them.”
Here is an outtake