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This fascinating picture book biography tells the childhood story of Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian born around 1839. Through her true story, readers will learn what it was like to be part of this Native American community that lived along the Missouri River in the Dakotas, a society that depended more on agriculture for food and survival than on hunting. Children wiThis fascinating picture book biography tells the childhood story of Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian born around 1839. Through her true story, readers will learn what it was like to be part of this Native American community that lived along the Missouri River in the Dakotas, a society that depended more on agriculture for food and survival than on hunting. Children will relate to Buffalo Bird Girl’s routine of chores and playing with friends, and they will also be captivated by her lifestyle and the dangers that came with it.Using as a resource the works of Gilbert L. Wilson, who met Buffalo Bird Woman and transcribed her life’s story in the early 20th century, award-winning author-illustrator S. D. Nelson has captured the spirit of Buffalo Bird Girl and her lost way of life. The book includes a historical timeline....

Title : Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story
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ISBN : 9781419703553
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 56 Pages
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Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story Reviews

  • Laura
    2019-06-12 23:24

    An elegantly written piece that tells of Buffalo Bird Girl, Waheenee-nea, one of the last Hidatsa people to live the traditional way. It begins by informing us how Buffalo Bird Girl has lost many family members, including her mother and brother, to the small pox epidemic; therefore, her grandmother and aunts took her in and loved her like they were her own mother. The story then progresses forward to show all of the traditional ways of the Hidatsa, such as: collecting and preserving food, moving homes during different seasons, and warring with other tribes until the white man’s influence started impacting their lives and forcing the Hidatsa tribe to move to a reservation.Appropriate for grades 5-8, the author has taken multiple components and flawlessly melded them together to tell an eloquent recount of Buffalo Bird Girl’s life. There are quotes directly from Buffalo Bird Girl who shared her experiences with an anthropologist back in the early 1900’s, as well as the author’s own added text, based on Buffalo Bird Girl’s reminiscing, of how Buffalo Bird Girl’s life was as a child. Furthermore, there are authentic pictures of American Indians as they performed their traditions in the early 1900’s. Finally, there are exquisite illustrations that help convey the information in the text. The author includes an extensive note and timeline at the end of the story to further provide information about Buffalo Bird Girl and the Hidatsa tribe. This is a solid text to use to enhance any social studies curriculum or unit revolving around American Indians.

  • Barbara
    2019-06-26 23:25

    The acrylic paint illustrations and the drawings made with black colored pencil for this book are really quite special, filled with tints and tones that celebrate the vibrancy of the Hidatsa people who once lived on the Great Plains. Relying on the childhood experiences of Buffalo Bird Girl, who was born in the 1830s and who told her stories to anthropologist Gilbert Wilson who recorded them, thus preserving vestiges of the traditional life Buffalo Bird Girl had lived, the author/illustrator describes how she spent each day, the gathering and preparation of food, times of celebration, and times of conflict, and how her people coped with the change of seasons and their forced move to a reservation. There is a poignancy about the stories but also genuine respect for the way of life being described here. The book also contains black and white photographs of Buffalo Bird Woman and the area she lived. Back matter includes a timeline and additonal information about the Hidatsa people. Late elementary and middle grade readers are sure to be intrigued.

  • Kretesha Cotton
    2019-06-03 03:45

    Text-to-Teaching Connection 12/06/2016In this book you learn about living during the 1800's as a Native American. I would have pictures of Native American symbols. I would have the definition of each symbol. Students would choose their favorite symbol to write a journal entry to what this mean to Native American culture and what they like about this symbol.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-06-21 03:37

    An insightful, poignant picture book biography. Beautifully designed and illustrated.

  • Annie Do
    2019-05-29 23:39

    Genre: Biography, Juvenile NonfictionStory written and illustrated by S.D. Nelson (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe).Buffalo Bird Girl, Waheenee, was one of the last Hidsata girl to live in the "old ways." The beginning of the book talked about how Waheenee lost most of her family members to the deadly smallpox disease, and therefore, she was raised by her grandmother. As the story continues, the book talked about the traditional Hidsata way of living (through a Native girl's point of view). Some of the topics mentioned in the book included hunting and gathering food, storing food, farming, migrating, and having play time. Of all the books that I have read regarding Native Americans' ways of living, this was the first book that explained the story from a girl's point of view. I was able to gain more insight into what Native girls would do in comparison to what a Native boy would do (i.e. hunting, going to war, protecting the village). Although a clear plot was not present, the story was still very well told based on chronological events. I especially enjoyed the real-life photographs of people, plants, houses, and various other materials related to Hidsata living style; it gave the book a very authentic feel. The illustrations were colorful and unique (because the characters had non-typical human colored skins, such as blue, pink, teal). The language of the book was easy to understand, and overall, it gave a very descriptive overview of what life was like back then.

  • Olivia Aponte
    2019-05-28 23:46

    In this story we follow the Buffalo Bird Girl named Waheenee-nea, who is one of the last Hidatsa people to live off the land. In the story we find out that most of her family has died due to a chicken pox out break and that she is raised by her aunt and grandmother. In this story we learn about how the Hidatsa people survive by living off the land however the problem comes when the white people try to move them to a reservation. The illustrations in the story are oil painting and give it a real life like look. I would not read this book to younger children because it is a bit of a harder read.

  • Courtney
    2019-06-17 04:41

    2012. Biography 5. Good during this time period in history, read aloud, or during a Native American Month or a women of history unit. Is about Buffalo Bird Girl written to seem as if it's by her. Very engaging and not many Native American stories of notable women available. There is a timeline is the back.

  • Jo Oehrlein
    2019-06-26 03:26

    Detailed information about the life of Buffalo Bird Girl when she was young (in the 1800s). Shows the life of a Plains Indian who lived in a village all but during the winter months (so, not nomadic).Based on information from Buffalo Bird Woman when she was grown.

  • Hannah
    2019-06-20 06:23

    We have been reading through this one over the course of a few weeks. It was a great introduction for my six year old, to the lifestyle of certain Native American tribes.

  • Victoria Grusing
    2019-06-02 22:33

    Wish that it had been written by a woman and that most women's faces were not shown with mouths.

  • Teresa Scherping Moulton
    2019-06-12 04:23

    Waheenee-wea, or Buffalo Bird Woman, was one of the last of the Hidatsa people to live in the traditional way that they had lived for many generations. Waheenee grew up in an earth-mound lodge with eleven other family members on the Missouri River (in what is now North Dakota). As a child, she helped with tasks like farming, tanning hides, and gathering firewood. For fun, she would play with dolls or play games like kickball or hide-toss. Although there were dangers from neighboring tribes or illnesses brought by the white men, Waheenee always remembered her childhood as a happy one. In her later years, Waheenee lived on a reservation and tried to keep alive the traditional ways of her people by telling her life story to those who would listen.This is a beautifully illustrated picture book biography that offers a window into the life of a young Native girl living before the coming of white settlers disrupted the traditional Native American way of life. I found a lot of the details fascinating, and I think kids today will be able to relate to Waheenee more than they might think at first. The one issue I have with the book is that in the one illustration that depicts a white person (p. 17), he looks fairly realistic, while throughout the book, the Native people are depicted in a more stylized way. I thought the difference was jarring and that the unfortunate effect was that the Native people look more foreign. That minor consideration doesn't dampen the overall accomplishment of the book, however.I would recommend this book to grades 3-5, especially those who want an authentic look into the traditional practices of the Plains Indians. One readalike for slightly older readers would be the Birchbark House series by Louise Erdrich.

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-06-04 23:48

    Have you ever wondered what life might have been like for Native Americans long ago? Buffalo Bird Girl is a peek into the life of a member of the Hidatsa tribe as they go throughout a year. You get a look inside their earth mound huts, which would house large families - 12 members of Buffalo Bird Girl’s family lived in one hut! Girls and women planted vegetables and farmed while boys and men went out to hunt for meat. Everyone helped clean the animal skins when the men brought back game. Other tribes lived in the same areas. The Hidatsa tribe lived with the Mandan tribe in the same village. They were allies that protected each other. But other tribes were not friendly and one day the Lakota tribe attacked. After the villagers defended themselves from the attack, they had a big celebration with dancing. [show spread on page 24] This is one of my favorite pictures because there’s so much to look at and such bright colors. If you like learning about different people, if you’re interested in how the Hidatsa tribe lived long ago, pick up Buffalo Bird Girl.

  • Meltha
    2019-06-06 06:47

    This book was richly illustrated using a combination of paintings, black-and-white illustrations, and current and vintage photographs. The actual life of Waheenee is very interesting, and various aspects of it, from childhood games and songs to raids and celebrations, are told with detail. Even things that are sad, such as the smallpox devastation and the removal to the reservation, are handled in terms children can understand. The end notes are truly extensive, giving a timeline, more background on Waheenee, a bibliography, and a number of other useful resources. While a traditional "plot" doesn't really exist as such and I admit I had never heard of this woman prior to this book, it definitely holds the reader's interest and is more of a portrait of the Hidasta in general with Waheenee as as specific example. The level of research in this alone is enough to make it a worthwhile read and an excellent resource.

  • Susan Menk
    2019-06-21 00:51

    Tags: Native American, Hidatsa, biography, photographs, Plains Indians, farmers, hunters, earth-mound lodges, caches, dried food, family, traditions, author's notes, Buffalo Bird Girl is a Hidatsa Native American who lives on the plains of North Dakota, Her mother and others died from the smallpox disease that the white man brought to their village. The story goes through the life of the Hidatsa, how they cooked their food, planted and harvested crops, lived in lodges, stored food in underground caches and moved from the village during the winters. Besides having beautiful color paintings, the book is peppered with photographs of Hidatsa people and way of live. The author's notes, bibliography and timeline give a great deal of further information. The story was done from a written interview of the Buffalo Bird Girl, Waheenee-wea.Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson, Abrams Books for Young Readers: New York, 2012.921 Buffalo Bird

  • Melanie
    2019-06-09 02:41

    Native author S.D. Nelson tells the story of Buffalo Bird Girl, an Hidatsa Indian during the late 19th century. Telling the tale from her point of view, Nelson paints a picture of American Indian life as the white man was beginning to take over. But during the story most contact with white people is through trading and is mostly positive. By the end of the book the Hidatsa tribe has been moved onto reservation land. Buffalo Bird Woman often thinks of the old ways and still communes with the earth and the Great Spirit.In historical notes, Nelson does touch on the fact that no all of the contact with white people was good. He does mention the introduction of alcohol and diseases in which American Indians had no immunities to. It is rather disturbing to me that this book rather glosses over the hard facts of the culture clash.

  • Melissa Mcavoy
    2019-06-02 03:26

    It is hard to find an authentic account of Native American experience suitable for middle grade classroom use. This beautifully illustrated, extensive, picture book tells the story of Buffalo Bird Girl, a member of the Hidatsa from her early childhood in the 1830's through the 1900's. Exposure to smallpox, trade with whites, relationships with other native nations and the tasks and pleasures of day to day existence are included. In the 1930's the Mandan and the Arikara the Hidatsa are moved to a reservation. While the story ends shortly after the move, a timeline extends the history, starting in the 15oo's and continuing to the present day. An author's note, timeline, bibliography, notes, image credits and index complete this valuable resource.

  • Christina
    2019-06-08 02:47

    Really gorgeous paintings, interspersed with photographs, of life on the Plains for the Hidatsa and Mandan Indians of history. Told in first person ( but fictionalized), info taken from research and Buffalo Bird Woman's two books, but with some creative license. Includes quotes from her. Tells story of her daily life as a child, referencing the hunting and farming lifestyle of the Hidatsa in general. Author's Note adds postscript of her later life, how they had to leave and go to a reservation; she lived from 1839-1932. Extensive sources, and a timeline that starts back in 5000 BCE! Text is matter-of-fact, descriptive but not particularly literary/lyrical.

  • Elizabeth Finney
    2019-06-13 03:45

    I wonder if kids will want to read. Intended to offer them a way into a vanished way of life. Interesting bio with lots of pictures, drawn and photographs. I did wonder about the different colors the artist used painting the people - some are blue, or red, or yellow or brown-skinned. As an artistic technique it's interesting but when a character in the story is described as being painted, and he's less garish a color than some of the other unnamed characters, it raises questions in this literal-minded reader's mind!

  • Miss Pippi the Librarian
    2019-06-02 22:42

    Buffal Bird Girl shares her history and her way of life. Nelson crafts Buffalo Bird Girl's story from her original books written in the early 1900's.Themes: history, memories, Native American lifestyleCharacters: Buffalo Bird Girl/Buffalo Bird Woman, the Hadatsa peopleArtwork: paintings in acrylic on gessoed Masonite, drawings with black colored pencils on 140 lbs cold-press 100% cotton acid-free paperAuthor's Note: Author's story, Buffalo Bird Girl story, Hidatsa story, Hidatsa timeline, notes (and quotes), bibliography, indexReviewed from a library copy.

  • Pamela
    2019-06-11 06:50

    Told in first person, based on the oral history of an elderly Hidatsa woman recorded in 1906, this book shares some of her experiences as a child living in a traditional Indian village in the Great Plains. There are three full pages of author's notes at the end, plus a timeline, for readers who want to know more. Illustrations include line drawings, four-color pencil drawings, and photographs. Great introduction to another culture.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-22 03:38

    A picture book biography about Buffalo Bird Girl, a Hidatsa Indian, born in the 1830s. The book describes her daily chores and the ways of life handed down from generation to generation in her tribe. Photographs are combined with acrylic paintings to illustrate the story. An author's note, select timeline, and bibliography follow the story.A great book to add to a unit of study on Native American life.

  • Yoo Kyung Sung
    2019-06-20 03:52

    " My name is Buffalo Bird Woman, Waheenee, and my people are known as the Hidatsa" p.3I appreciate the voice that is not third person view point this way somehow the narrative creates certain interesting vibe around the calm attitudes and voices that seem to engage more with fictional voices.. Beautiful illustrations with powerful black and white photos work great to support such voice of Waheenee..Definately unique perspective sharing one's girlhood!

  • Chrissy
    2019-06-16 04:34

    An excellent book, skillfully mixing beautiful illustration with informative photographs, and engaging text. So many books about Native Americans seem filled with browns and tans, and therefore seem drab, this injects wonderful color and life into the story. The back matter is interesting too, and lets the reader know that the book is well researched and correct.

  • Tanya W
    2019-06-21 02:24

    I really liked the illustrations... and I thought the earth-mound lodges were really cool. Although there were lots of words, my little boys were able to maintain their attention and enjoy the book. It tells about the culture of Hidatsa and other native Americans in the early 1800's. We all loved it, I especially enjoyed it and found so much interesting information.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-06 01:37

    Gorgeous illustrations! Historical photos along with the rainbow of pictures. Simple moving text that flows like a song. I learned so much, but it didn't feel like I was learning--just following a friend on a journey or reading a very moving diary. For every strong girl out there, this is a must read.

  • Janet Frost
    2019-06-19 04:23

    I picked this up to check out the style. I am working towards writing a historical fiction about a young Native American girl and I wanted to get some ideas of how other authors have presented their information. This was really a non-fiction book and a little different than what I want to do. But in a lot of ways it was very helpful. I really liked the illustrations and genuine photos.

  • Sharon Lawler
    2019-06-15 02:42

    The interweaving of Buffalo Bird Girl's words with archival material and acrylic paintings results in a magnificent memoir of this Hidatsa woman. Author's notes, bibliography, and index make this a top notch choice for Native American studies.

  • Liz
    2019-06-27 00:28

    Very interesting look at the Plains Indians history through the accounts of Buffalo Bird Girl. Photographs, illustrations and some of her own words are used to recount her life as a Hidatsa child. Author's note and other back matter provide context for the gathering of story material.

  • Algona Public
    2019-06-09 00:22

    This beautiful picture book is a fun story to read. It gives the history and the culture information on the Native Americans in the nineteenth century. This story is interesting for children as well as adults.Chris

  • Tia
    2019-06-04 22:32

    A very interesting blend of biography, historical artifact, and picture book. A good classroom resource.