*The Grasslands Gallery is closed until November 2020 as part of the Bringing Our Stories Forward Gallery Renewal Project.
Travel south to the great grasslands where mighty bison once roamed, the enormous herds the source of power in the rich Indigenous hunting economy. The disappearance of the bison coincided with European settlement of the Red River region. The first Europeans were fur traders and explorers from the east, and the north from the Hudson Bay trading posts. They were followed by Scottish colonists lead by Lord Selkirk who established an agricultural base for the fur trade. As settlement increased, grain, not bison, became the major crop of the Red River Valley.