Rosalyn Lapier
Ken Burns' latest documentary explores the natural and cultural history of
Painting via Smithsonian American Art Museum; LaPier via UIUC

Best of: Illinois’ Rosalyn LaPier on her role in ‘The American Buffalo’

The buffalo sustained Native Americans for hundreds of generations — until they were hunted to near extinction in the 1800s. Those stories — and how the buffalo have recovered — are the subject of the latest documentary from Ken Burns, called “The American Buffalo.” University of Illinois Professor Rosalyn LaPier was featured prominently in the film. In October, before a live studio audience in Urbana, she talked with Brian Mackey about the film and her background as a member of the Blackfeet of Montana.

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