Buffalo jump drone view.
By JOSEPH WADSWORTH
FRIES PLACE, Mont. — On July 13, at Sweetwater Creek, Mont., Jim Anderson who is a third-generation rancher, gave a tour to Shoshone-Bannock tribal members and local ranchers of a cultural site used by native people many years ago.
Anderson said he is not sure how long the buffalo jump has been there but people have said it’s been there for thousands of years.
A buffalo jump is a cliff formation that was used by tribal ancestors long ago to kill buffalo.
The Sweetwater area on Anderson’s ranch is about 15,000 acres and in grand total, there are 25,000 acres he uses for farming. Anderson said his family has been in the area since the turn of the century. Anderson's grandfather, along with two other brothers saved up enough money to buy the Beaver Head Ranch Company back in 1907.
A wall of rocks referred to as drive lines exists at the buffalo jump where they were herded so they didn’t veer off the cliff.
Anderson also knew of a location of a medicine wheel, which is in the same area where the buffalo jump is located but during the time of the tour he could not locate the wheel because the grass has overgrown and covered the location.