Published February 2015
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.
Languages: French/Cree: Hommage Au Bison
LISTEN TO THE STORY IN FOUR LANGUAGES
Plains Cree Language (Y-dialect, read by May Desnomie)
Northern Cree Language (th-dialect, read by Darren Okemaysim):
French Language (Read by Martine Noël-Maw):
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Winner of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (6 years and up)
Winner of the 2015 Silver Medal for Environmental Issues, Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
Winner of the 2017 Silver Medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction, Independent Book Publishers Awards
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.
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).