The American Buffalo

The dramatic story of the American Buffalo's near extinction—and the people who saved it.


  • Blood Memory

    America’s national mammal, once numbering millions, is driven to near extinction.


  • Short Films: Native Narratives & Buffalo Revitalization

    These short films weave together Native voices and perspectives relating to buffalo.
  • The American Buffalo: A Story of Resilience

    Judy Woodruff moderates a conversation with filmmaker Ken Burns and three experts.

About The American Buffalo

The dramatic story of America’s national mammal, which sustained the lives of Native people for untold generations, being driven to the brink of extinction, before an unlikely collection of people rescues it from disappearing forever. Ken Burns recounts the tragic collision of two opposing views of the natural world—and the unforgettable characters who pointed the nation in a different direction.