Dispatched to learn what has become of the buffalo herds that sustain their people, two Great Plains Native American scouts encounter a mysterious spirit woman who helps them out of their predicament. 20,000 first printing.
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Ages 5^-8. Goble, whose picture books include Buffalo Woman (1984), retells another tale about the mysterious woman whose people are the buffalo. In this Lakota myth, spring arrives, but the buffalo do not return. The hunters come back empty-handed from each search, until two young brothers go out and find Buffalo Woman, who promises to send her people to the plains again. The buffalo herds soon thunder around the tepees of the hungry people, who give thanks to the mysterious woman. Goble's artwork shows his delight in color, pattern, silhouette, and Native American motifs. Besides the large paintings on the double-page spreads, he includes small geometric designs copied from traditional parfleches (rawhide pouches) of the Lakota, the Arapaho, and the Cheyenne. Two introductory pages concern parfleches (which appear in the story), including a page to photocopy, paint, cut, and fold into a model parfleche, a project that children and teachers may find worthwhile. Carolyn PhelanFrom Kirkus Reviews:
In a companion to Buffalo Woman (1984), Goble retells and illustrates an extraordinary story central to the spiritual and cultural life of the Lakota people. The story recalls a time of famine when the people suffered from the absence of wandering buffalo herds. Two strong young men are sent out to search for the beasts and come upon the Washun Niya, or ``Breathing Hole,'' a cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota. They encounter the mystical Buffalo Woman who, after hearing their tales of desperation, promises to ``send out my Buffalo People.'' Goble is customarily generous with supporting information on the Plains Indians: Children can discover the Lakota design elements he incorporates into the art, learn how to make parfleche (an intricately decorated rawhide container for dried meat) and appreciate the use these native people made of every part of the buffalo. Attractive, absorbing fare. (Picture book. 5-10) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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