Buffalo Song

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A young Nez Percé boy and his father rescue a buffalo calf whose entire herd has been slaughtered.

 

For millennia, the great buffalo herds provided material and spiritual sustenance for the Salish and other Indian peoples who inhabited much of North America. This sacred relationship was disrupted time and again, as the Salish were pushed west by the expanding United States. By the 1870s, when Buffalo Song begins, the buffalo are once again scarce and in danger of disappearing. A young Nez Percé boy and his father rescue a buffalo calf whose entire herd has been slaughtered. They bring the little orphan to a Pend d’Oreille family who are raising several other buffalo calves. Drawing in good part on oral interviews with Salish elders in the 1920s and ’30s, Bruchac weaves together the stories of the boy and his father, the calf and his adopted family, and the compassion and dedication that led to the eventual restoration of the buffalo. In doing so, he fashions the events of a complex story into a satisfying and accessible picture book that will resonate on many levels with young children.

 

Author: Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)

Illustrations: Color illustrations by Bill Farnsworth

Binding Availability: Hardcover

Published: 2008

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Nez Percé, Pend d’Oreille