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Top Myths

Episode 25: Who Killed the Buffalo? 

Today we’ll discuss two of the top Myths About Native Americans.

Myth #1 : The Plains Indians over hunted and killed off the buffalo.

Myth #2 : There are no more Indians left. They all died out a long time ago.

Fantastically Terrible Character or Creature: The Wolf Leader

The Fantastically Terrible Character or Creature this week is connected to Alexandre Dumas, which we talked about on episode 24. We mentioned his horror books, including One Thousand and One Ghosts, The Pale Lady and Le Vampire. But we forgot to mention his werewolf novel. That’s right! In 1857 he published “The Wolf Leader”.

The story is set around 1780 in Dumas’ hometown and is said to have been based on a local folktale Dumas was told as a boy. The story is about a shoemaker named Thibault, who unfortunately interrupted the Lord of Vez while he hunting, for which he was severely beaten by the Lord’s gamekeeper. Later, Thibault is approached by a large wolf walking on its hind legs like a man. The wolf speaks and makes him and offer. Thibault can wish harm on anyone he likes and it will come to pass. In exchange, the wolf asks for one hair from Thibault’s head for each evil wish. To seal the deal, the two exchange rings. Another perk for Thibault is that he can control the local wolves.

So, with his new power ready to be tested, Thibault wishes for vengeance! He wants the gamekeeper dead and the Lord of Vez injured. I’m not sure why he didn’t kill the Lord and injure the gamekeeper, but maybe that’s just me.

Thibault continues to make evil wishes, but nothing goes according to plan and in the end it all comes back to bite him in the derrier. The locals eventually suspect that Thibault is the werewolf. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say…it’s not what you might expect.

Some critics say that “The Wolf Leader” is one of Alexandre Dumas’ worst stories, however, others believe it’s one of his most imaginative stories of good versus evil. You can be the judge.

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Related Links

Myth #1: Who Killed the Buffalo?

★ Plains Indians 

‘Kill Every Buffalo You Can! Every Buffalo Dead Is an Indian Gone’ 

The Mass Slaughter of Bison by the US Army 

Map of the extermination of bison to 1889 is based on William Temple Hornaday‘s late-nineteenth-century research 

American-Indian Wars

Native Americans Have General Sherman to Thank for Their Exile to Reservations 

Why America Wouldn’t Be America Without This Mountain Of Skulls 

The Plains Indians – Surviving With the Buffalo 

May 28, 1830 CE: Indian Removal Act

Famous Hunting Parties of the PlainsBy “Buffalo Bill” 

Major-General Phillip Sheridan 

The William F. Cody Archive: Documenting the life and times of Buffalo Bill 




[Canadian] Government Apology to Former Students of Indian Residential Schools 

Trudeau Apologizes for Abuse and ‘Profound Cultural Loss’ at Indigenous Schools 

Carlisle Indian Industrial School

The Messed Up History Of Native American Boarding Schools

When Native Americans Were Slaughtered in the Name of ‘Civilization’

Historical cartoons and art

Myth #2: There are no more Indians left. They all died out a long time ago.

Blood quantum laws 

Indian Reorganization Act (Indian New Deal)

Indian Ancestry – and How to Enroll or register In A federally recognized

The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations 

Indigenous Identity, Being, and Belonging

Developments in the late 20th and early 21st centuries

American Indian families 

Broken Treaties With Native American Tribes: Timeline

Blood Quantum cartoon 

★ Ghost Dance 

Ghost Dance 

★ Jewish Badge: During the Nazi Era 

★ Marty Two Bulls Sr. (political cartoons) 


★ The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Muhammad