The Legend Of the White Buffalo Woman

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Presents the legend of the White Buffalo Woman, who introduced the pipe that has been part of Lakota culture and who changed into a bear to remind her tribespeople of their ties to nature.

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Paul Goble (1933–2017) was an English author and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books. Inspired by Plains Indian culture, he was best known for writing stories about Native Americans, including The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman, The Return of the Buffaloes, and the Caldecott Medal–winning The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.

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Gr. 4^-8. In this picture book for older readers, Goble uses his characteristic decorative paintings to help retell an important sacred legend of the Lakota people. He describes a great flood, which killed almost all life on the earth, and relates how the nation came to be born again from the union of a woman of the earth and an eagle of the sky. He then explains how the people came upon hard and frightening times and tells of the arrival of the powerful White Buffalo Woman, who gave the Lakota people the Sacred Calf Pipe, a gift of the Great Spirit. The use of boldface headings and the braiding together of several myths interrupt the flow of the text, leaving readers to pick up additional meaning from the illustrations, but Goble fans, young and old, will enjoy the details in the clothing and landscape. The cartoonlike battle scene, with bloody, rolling heads, will certainly attract the attention of some young readers. In addition to notes regarding the significance of the tale, how he determined the style of clothing, and why he utilized specific related myths in his retelling, Goble lists primary and secondary sources. Additional information about Indian pipes is appended, as is a map pinpointing Pipestone Quarry, now a national monument. Karen Morgan

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