HONOURING THE BUFFALO: A Plains Cree Legend

HTB-cover-high res SM

Published February 2015

Told by Ray Lavallee. * Written by Judith Silverthorne. *  Illustrations by Mike Keepness

Plains Cree Translation: Randy Morin * Translation Editors: Jean Okimāsis and Arok Wolvengrey

YNWP colour logo with name clearYour Nickel’s Worth Publishing

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.

LISTEN TO THE STORY IN THREE LANGUAGES

English:

Cree:

French:

SEE THE BOOK TRAILER

See the BookTrailer

LEARN HOW THE STORY CAME TO BE

See the Creative Team

 

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT:

Bookstores in Saskatchewan:

Online Resources

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Winner of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (6 years and up)

NGIBA_2016_Winner_HiRes_RV_resized_1_10

Winner of the 2015 Silver Medal for Environmental Issues, Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Print

Full list of Award Nominations and Accolades

 EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend is a useful educational tool for social studies/treaty and language arts/literacy curriculum teaching. Recommended curriculum guides and materials for teachers may be found here: Educational Resources.

 USEFUL LINKS

In addition to the educational tools, internet sources about the facts, statistics, history, decimation and conservation of the buffalo (bison), the Cree language, and the Plains Peoples’ historical way of life, plus some treaty sources may be obtained through these  USEFUL LINKS (PDF).

MEDIA COVERAGE

 REVIEWS