The Buffalo and the Indians: A Shared Destiny

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Countless herds of majestic buffalo once roamed across the plains and prairies of North America. For at least 10,000 years, the native people hunted the buffalo and depended upon its meat and hide for their survival. But to the Indians, the buffalo was also considered sacred. They saw this abundant, powerful animal as another tribe, one that was closely related to them, and they treated it with great respect and admiration.

Here, an award-winning nonfiction team traces the ...

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Overview

Countless herds of majestic buffalo once roamed across the plains and prairies of North America. For at least 10,000 years, the native people hunted the buffalo and depended upon its meat and hide for their survival. But to the Indians, the buffalo was also considered sacred. They saw this abundant, powerful animal as another tribe, one that was closely related to them, and they treated it with great respect and admiration.

Here, an award-winning nonfiction team traces the history of this relationship, from its beginnings in prehistory to the present. Deftly weaving social history and science, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent discusses how European settlers slaughtered the buffalo almost to extinction, breaking the back of Indian cultures. And she shows how today, as Indians are reviving their cultures, they are also restoring buffalo herds to the land. Featuring William Munoz’s stunning full-color photographs, supplemented with paintings by well-known artists, this book is an inspiring tale of a successful conservation effort. Author’s note, suggestions for further reading, index.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Patent's remarkable book deserves a place in every collection." ~SLJ, Starred Review School Library Journal, Starred

"The lucid narrative...will draw readers into the history...and prompt discussion of human and animal rights" BOOKLIST, Starred Review Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
This truly beautiful book should be a definite first purchase for all libraries. Patent's account of the unique and special relationship between Native Americans and the buffalo/bison is both eloquent and informative. It spans the ages from the arrival of the native people to our continent to the birth, in 1994, of a sacred white buffalo calf. Each chapter begins with a tribal myth concerning the buffalo and its intrinsic importance to the lives of all members of the tribe. Buffalo were not only a source for food, clothing, and tools but also woven into their spiritual lives. The outstanding photographs and famed artwork of Catlin and Bodmer are a perfect accompaniment to the text. Paired with Buffalo Hunt by Russell Freedman, children everywhere will gain appreciation for a vanishing species and an understanding of the importance of conservation efforts for both the buffalo and its habitat.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This beautiful, well-written book opens with the years before the Europeans came to America, discussing how the bison and Native Americans came to the New World, the importance of the animal to the survival of the Plains Indians, and the Native peoples' spiritual relationship with the buffalo. The next two chapters discuss how the arrival of the white men brought the horses that improved the hunting techniques and lives of the Native Americans, but also led to the destruction of their way of life and the near extinction of the bison. The final chapter relates the myth of the white buffalo and ties the 1994 birth of a white buffalo to the recent resurgence of interest in Native American ideas, rituals, and respect for the natural environment and the increase in buffalo populations. Each chapter opens with a retelling of a Native myth. Patent's narrative is clear and her writing is almost lyrical. Mu-oz's breathtaking color photos of bison, landscapes, and artifacts are mixed with reproductions of period art and illustrations. Although The Buffalo Hunters (Time-Life, 1999) covers much of the same material in greater depth, it is more suited to an older audience and is not as well written as this title. Patent's remarkable book deserves a place in every collection.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618485703
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/12/2006
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 695,778
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William Munoz has an avid interest in ecology and the environment and has taken the photographs for a number of books written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Mr. Munoz lives in Hamilton, Montana.

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of the Washington Post— Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work, which includes more than 130 books for children and young adults on subjects ranging from biodiversity to the spirit bear. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana. You can learn more about her on her web site: www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com.

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