AVAILABLE IN FOUR LANGUAGES
English/Cree Published February 2015
French/Cree Published June 2016
Translated by Martine Noël–Maw
German/Cree Published October 2019
Translated by by Günter Fischer
- Cree Language Resources
- Bison Images & Videos
- Book Trailer (YouTube video)
- Creative Team (YouTube Video)
- How the Story Came to Be
48 pages, 11″ x 8.5″ $14.95 (softcover) 978-1-927756-33-1
“A long time ago Our People came from the Northern Woodlands to the Great Plains looking for food,” Grandfather said. “They saw that the Buffalo* lived in harmony with Mother Earth the same as Our People did.”
Through the Creator, Buffalo gave themselves as a gift for the sustenance and survival of the Plains Cree people. This largest land animal in North America once thundered across the Great Plains in numbers of 30 to 50 million. They provided shelter, food, clothing, tools, hunting gear, ceremonial objects, and many other necessities for those who lived on the Plains.
But by 1889, just over a thousand buffalo remained, and the lives of the Plains Cree people changed. Buffalo is honoured to this day, a reminder of life in harmony that was once lived.
This is the story of how Buffalo came to share themselves so freely.
Buffalo/Bison* Although the proper scientific name for this animal is Bison, the term Buffalo has been used in this book as this is the common name familiar to more Indigenous Peoples of the North American Plains.