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Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison

Format: 1 x 52
Commissioner(s):  PBS
Available in HD

This is an epic account of man’s tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America, the bison, who once populated the plains of North America in the tens of millions. The film traces a gripping story of an entire species through to the modern day.  Native Plains Indians shared a sacred relationship with the species until in the nineteenth century when they were nearly completely eradicated from the continent.

Rich with beautiful cinematography that captures the species in the wild, this entrancing documentary also offers an impressive collection of rare photographs and film footage that illustrate the near-fatal decline of the bison and its miraculous escape from extinction.

Facing the Storm recounts this harrowing history, and explores the future of bison today.  It exposes the drive to restore bison to immense tracts of the Great Plains. This involves a dramatic transformation of how we understand the Great Plains – from a utilitarian worldview to a fully functional ecosystem that combines a lost culture with modern science and innovative economies.  The bison is not just an icon of a lost world, but may very well show us the path to a more sustainable future.

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