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The Return of the Buffaloes: A Plains Indian Story about Famine and Renewal of the Earth

by Paul Goble, reteller

Published by National Geographic Society, 1996
32 pages
ISBN: 0-7922-2714-X

Ages 8-12

The winter food supplies of the Lakota people are depleted. The children are too weak from hunger to play. Even though spring has already arrived, the buffalo have not returned to the Great Plains. Two young men are dispatched to go far into the hills and find the buffaloes for their starving people. They meet a mysterious and wonderful woman who leads them into a cave, addresses each as Grandson and causes the famine to end. Extensive author's notes and the details about both parfleches and buffalo hunting make this volume especially valuable to anyone wanting information about the Lakota people. Goble's illustrations were created in India ink and watercolor. His earlier book Buffalo Woman (Bradbury, 1984) featured a tale about a different visitation of this holy Mother Earth figure. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology and Traditional Literature; New Editions of Classic Literature; Picture Books.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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