The history books will tell you that the American Bison, once considered the thunder of the plains, roaming in dark masses across almost all of the North American continent, was driven to near extinction by over zealous hunters heading west to find a new life for themselves.
That story is dead wrong.
The Buffalo Nation once supported an entire lifestyle, culture, and civilization for many native nations. Their sacrifice to the Two-Leggeds was a understanding that created balance in pre-contact North America.
However, their massacre that left a once estimated population of 60 million, to a mere 750 in 1890, was due to a sweeping government programme by the United States that wished to kill off the food supply of many peoples. In short, the killing of the bison was not merely a lesson in conservation, but a lesson in genocide. Today, with only a few herds being 'true bison' (wild bison that migrate) and not descended from beefalo (cattle mixed with bison), a meager population of 360,000 exists to this day and is still threatened in it's wild state.
A speedpainting concept that I just had to get out.
Had some out of no where series of dreams with whale as helper. I never got to delve into asking what it was all about with an elder or anything, but I believe they revealed their meanings to me recently :)
From the zoo....more to come from that.
In heraldry, a griffin, or gryphon, is said to denote military courage and power. Females are depicted with wings, and males without, but with a horn similar to that of a unicorn. Medieval lore states that the gryphon a gryphon guards priceless treasures, mates for life, and is king of birds. The hippogriff, is thought to be the child of a gryphon and a horse.
In heraldry, a dragon features predominantly in English and Welsh standards, but appears in nearly every single European country in one form or another. They are classically associated with the Beast, the Devil, and thus ultimate evil and sin relating back to the tempting snake of Eden. They are often depicted as hoarders of treasures, be they gold or women, and fire breathing, but later mythology says they may breath poison or ice.