BFC is thrilled to announce the publication of “In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter,” the long-awaited published work by BFC’s very own Dan Brister. Including a forward by celebrated grizzly bear and wildlands advocate, Doug Peacock, “In the Presence of Buffalo” is a unique and inspiring work which sheds intense light on the little known and highly inglorious history of Montana’s livestock industry and explores the deep relationship between First Nations and their buffalo relatives.
Dan goes painfully deep at times, as he courageously shares honest personal accounts of losing his mother as a teenager, and his journey that ultimately led him to become one of the world’s greatest champions of wild buffalo. The power of “In the Presence of Buffalo” comes directly from Dan’s unique first-hand experiences and his incredible talent. Weaving historic documentation with the storied challenges the buffalo face and his own personal trials, Dan breathes new life into a traditional American theme. Every wild buffalo advocate should have this book.
ORDER NOW! Proceeds directly benefit Buffalo Field Campaign, and the first 100 copies ordered through BFC’s web site will be personally signed by Dan! (Please note that we are awaiting shipment from the publisher. Please allow four to five weeks to receive your signed copy.)
More about the book and author:
In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter is Dan’s powerful tribute to the gentle giants that still roam. This incredible, beautifully articulated work reveals so much more than the usual accounts of American buffalo that sheepishly ignore the conflict still taking place on the border between Montana and Yellowstone National Park. While numerous books about buffalo have been published, there is no other book like this one. “In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter,” absolutely stands alone, fearlessly exploring the controversial buffalo wars through not only contextual historic accounts but offers unique, intense personal first-hand experiences the author has had face to face with the gentle giants and those who seek to harm them.
Dan began his dedication to wild buffalo advocacy over sixteen years ago. While attending graduate school at the University of Montana in Missoula, an alert on a bulletin board caught his eye. It was a grim tally of wild buffalo that had been senselessly killed and a call for volunteers to stand in their defense. Each day he would check the board and the numbers would rise. Cape Cod born and bred, Dan hadn’t realized that wild buffalo still existed, much less that they were in dire straights. The buffalo called. Dan answered on a frigid, snowy Christmas night in 1997, which also happened to be his birthday. He drove his heatless 1970’s-era Volkswagon bus through the cold night for 250 miles in treacherous conditions, arriving at Buffalo Field Campaign, entering into a world that would change his life forever. Initially planning to volunteer for two weeks, he never left their cause. Sixteen years and thousands of hours in the field with wild buffalo have now passed. After his first experiences with the buffalo, Dan decided to complete his Master’s Thesis on their struggle, and the result is his first published work.
Dan has made a life commitment to protecting America’s last wild buffalo. Evolving from one of our first and most dedicated volunteers, to media coordinator, project director, serving on the board of directors, and now executive director, Dan Brister has a long history with Buffalo Field Campaign. Honor his work and help the buffalo by ordering “In the Presence of Buffalo: Stopping the Yellowstone Slaughter” today. Proceeds from the sale of In the Presence of Buffalo will directly fund BFC’s work to protect wild buffalo.