is the biography of an improbable, shaggy beast that has found itself at the center of many of the country’s most mythic and heartbreaking tales. The series, which was in production for four years, takes viewers on a journey through more than 10,000 years of North American history and across some of the continent’s most iconic landscapes. Viewers trace the buffalo’s evolution, its significance to the Great Plains and most importantly, its relationship to the Indigenous People of North America.

PBS Books Programs

Author Talk with Julianna Brannum information and Brannum headshot

Filmmaker Talk with Julianna Brannum

PBS Books hosts a conversation with award-winning filmmaker Julianna Brannum. Brannum is a consulting producer for “THE AMERICAN BUFFALO: A Film by Ken Burns”, as well as director and producer of “HOMECOMING“. Julianna takes us through the creation of these two films and the importance of the Intertribal Buffalo Council and the Bison Conservation and Transfer Program, which is supporting buffalo restoration to Indigenous people.

Filmmaker Talk with Dayton Duncan

PBS Books hosts a conversation with award-winning filmmaker and writer Dayton Duncan to discuss his latest projects: “THE AMERICAN BUFFALO” a film by Ken Burns and “Blood Memory: The Tragic Decline and Improbably Resurrection of the American Buffalo. The conversation is especially important as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. Join us to hear from Ken Burns’ long-time collaborator Dayton Duncan and learn about his work and process in exploring the American Buffalo, their relationship with Native Americans, the impact of calculated Westward expansion, and the unlikely advocates for saving them from extinction.

Dayton Duncan Headshot, Blood Memory book cover, and event information

Educational Resources

Coloring Sheets

American Buffalo - Kids coloring page with buffalo footprints and assorted plants
American Buffalo - Adult Coloring Page (buffalo design and various Native American words for buffalo in different Native languages)

Book Lists

Adult Book List

American Buffalo Adult Reading Booklist

Youth Book List

American Buffalo Youth Booklist

Additional Reading Book List

Additional Reading - American Buffalo Book List