The iconic bison, a staple to South Dakotan culture, got its own day Saturday as people celebrated 'National Bison Day' at the Museum of the American Bison.
A chili cook-off gave a lunch break to a day of presentations at the museum. Two of the topics discussed were 'When Buffalo Attack: Myths and truths about coming face to face with a buffalo,' and 'Restoring Buffalo in Indian Country.'
Individuals sampled the various chili and could then vote for their favorite dish. Cook Sandy White Shield says serving the bison chili opens people's appetites. "Bison needs to be cooked in a little different way than beef does, so today we have an opportunity to show off these people who normally cook with bison to people who've never eaten bison before, and to really taste how good it can be," said White Shield.
National Bison Day is being celebrated across the country.