Buffalo

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But no longer do any of us, Indian or white, think “brave as a buffalo” or “kinky as a bull with his tail raised.” Today the buffalo’s gone from the back of the nickel—the “buffalo head” it was called—as well as from the ten-dollar bill. One doesn’t now see Buffalo Brand lard or Buffalo Brand shoes. Few would understand the phrase “buffalo cripple,” the term used at the Fort Hays hospital to denote an injured hide hunter. A few years ago the Department of the Interior replaced the buffalo on its seal with a logotype. Although it’s now the fashion for ranchers to collect buffalo as an ornament for their range (a profitable ornament when sold to the specialty food market), the humpbacked beast no longer creates symbols that grip men’s minds.