‘The American Buffalo’ reviews history, renews hope


Missoula’s iconic entertainment venue, the Wilma Theater, hosted a, eye opening event on Thursday, June 8, as its seats were filled to capacity with eager viewers awaiting the exclusive preview of “The American Buffalo” by celebrated and award-winning documentarian Ken Burns. This groundbreaking documentary provides a first-of-its-kind perspective on the bison, inviting audiences to immerse themselves in the profound knowledge and insights shared by Native voices. By centering Native perspectives and narratives, the film illuminates the deep-rooted meanings and connections associated with the buffalo, delivering a long overdue history lesson.

“The American Buffalo” fills a void in the collective consciousness, finally bringing the bison’s story to the forefront of public awareness. The documentary serves as a catalyst for change.


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