The Kansa went on buffalo hunts after they arrived on their reservation in Indian Territory in June of 1873. Men women and children went about 75 to 100 miles west of the reservation wagons and on ponies. For the most part, muzzle-loading guns were used, but some men still used their bows and arrows. When a buffalo was killed, the animal was skinned and the meat was jerked, an old process that had been learned to preserve the meat. A narrow strip of the meat was cut for a hand hold and then it was pulled off and hung to dry. Their last big hunt ended in February of 1874. From the buffalo furs alone they made $5,000. This last hunt was also memorable because an Indian woman who traveled with them gave birth to a little boy. He was Forrest Chouteau, who in later years became a prominent and respected leader of the Kansa.



Frank Haucke, "The Kaw or Kansa Indians"
The Kansas Historical Quarterly,
Topeka, Kansas, February, 1952 pg.54
Found on page 37 of NCOHA's award winning book.