BHSU alumni and students teach visitors history of area buffalo jump

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, August 10, 2015/Categories: 2015








           BHSU alumni return to the Vore Buffalo Jump site every year to serve as interpreters, a natural extension of their work as educators. L to R: Danielle Litaba, senior from Wright, Wyo., majoring in mass communication and journalism Sarah Cox, senior from Estelline majoring in history education and BHSU alumni Jeremy Elsom, Jennifer Adams, and Dalton Baker serve as interpreters at the archeological site.






           BHSU students and faculty in an American Indian History class at BHSU built an interactive buffalo puzzle housed at the Vore Buffalo Jump, just one example of the connection between the University and the archeological site. This summer two BHSU students and three alumni serve as interpreters at the Buffalo Jump.



The teaching continues outside the classroom this summer for three area educators, all Black Hills State University alumni, working as interpreters at the Vore Buffalo Jump located between Spearfish and Sundance, Wyo.

Jennifer Adams of Gillette, Wyo. Dalton Baker of Spearfish and Jeremy Elsom of Belle Fourche provide personal tours of the Vore site to visitors, educating the public on the history of the archeological site used by Plains Indians to hunt buffalo from 1554-1800.

Elsom teaches mathematics in Belle Fourche and has worked at the Vore site four summers. He says his seasonal job parallels nicely with his education career.

"It&rsquos a natural extension of being a teacher, talking with and sharing area history with visitors from all over the world," said Elsom.

Adams teaches in Gillette, Wyo., after graduating from BHSU five years ago with an elementary and special education degree. She says she enjoys seeing the children&rsquos interest in the interactive portions of the site.

"The history of the site keeps drawing me back. If you can hook the young kids on history, that&rsquos an awesome result of a tour," said Adams.

Current BHSU students Sarah Cox, history education major from Estelline, and Danielle Litaba, mass communication and journalism major from Wright, Wyo., are also serving as interpreters at the Vore site for summer internships.

BHSU students and faculty have contributed to the archeological site in different ways for over a decade. Students in an American Indian History class at BHSU built a large interactive buffalo puzzle in the bone bed and re-created traditional games in the site&rsquos new teepee.

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