The American Buffalo

The American Buffalo (2023)

Spirit of a people. A story of resilience.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • First Air Date: 2023-10-16
  • Last Air Date: 2023-10-17
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 2
  • Status: Ended
  • Production Company: WETA Washington, D.C.
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Networks: PBS
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The dramatic story of America's national mammal, which sustained the lives of Native people for untold generations, being driven to the brink of extinction, before an unlikely collection of people rescues it from disappearing forever. Ken Burns recounts the tragic collision of two opposing views of the natural world—and the unforgettable characters who pointed the nation in a different direction.

  • Keywords: miniseries, landscape, north america, indigenous peoples, great plains
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    The American Buffalo Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date: 2023-08-14
    1 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 2023-10-16
    2 Episodes

    The American Buffalo Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Blood Memory120 min
    Season 1Episode 2Into the Storm120 min
    • N. Scott Momaday

      as Narrator (voice)
    • Peter Coyote

      as Narrator (voice)
    • Adam Arkin

      as (voice)
    • Tantoo Cardinal

      as (voice)
    • Tim Clark

      as (voice)
    • Tokala Black Elk

      as (voice)
    • Jeff Daniels

      as (voice)
    • Hope Davis

      as (voice)
    • Paul Giamatti

      as (voice)
    • Murphy Guyer

      as (voice)
    • Michael Horse

      as (voice)
    • Derek Jacobi

      as (voice)
    • Gene Jones

      as (voice)
    • Carolyn McCormick

      as (voice)
    • Craig Mellish

      as (voice)
    • Jon Proudstar

      as (voice)
    • Chaske Spencer

      as (voice)
    • Richard Ray Whitman

      as (voice)
    Production Julie A. Dunfey Producer
    Sound Matt Rigby Dialogue Editor
    Sound Marlena Grzaslewicz Dialogue Editor
    Production Ken Burns Producer
    Sound Mariusz Glabinski Sound Effects Editor
    Production Ken Burns Executive Producer
    Editing Craig Mellish Editor
    Camera Buddy Squires Director of Photography