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Buffalo Bird Girl : a Hidatsa story / retold by S.D. Nelson.

Nelson, S. D. (Author).

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library J 978.4004 NEL (Text) 33500010962942 Main Available -
Mahnomen Public Library J 978.4004 NEL (Text) 33500012761706 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 978.4004 NEL (Text) 33500010962959 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781419703553
  • ISBN: 1419703552
  • Physical Description: 47 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 26 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
Maps on endpapers.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 46) and index.
Summary, etc.:
Traces the childhood, friendships and dangers experienced by Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian born in 1839, whose community along the Missouri River in the Dakotas transitioned from hunting to agriculture.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2013 February #2
    Drawing on Buffalo Bird Girl's historic personal accounts, this handsome picture-book biography tells her story in the first person about growing up American Indian on the Great Plains in the nineteenth century. Born in the Hidatsa tribe in Like-a-Fishhook Village, she is raised by loving grandparents and aunts after the devastating smallpox epidemic, brought by the whites, kills her parents. Despite the losses and hardships, which include brutal winter blizzards, she remembers a blissful childhood. Along with archival, sepia-tone photos, Nelson's moving pencil drawings and acrylic paintings show the girl and her community throughout the year: the women and girls harvesting, cooking, dressing up; the men hunting. Her grandmother teaches her to use a buffalo shoulder blade like a shovel. She loves the wonderful new luxuries the white traders bring, including kettles, sugar, and guns. But then comes the buffalo hunting for trade, the hides in piles like mountains. The personal focus is bound to spark discussion, and many readers will want to go on to the very lengthy informative notes. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

S. D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas. He is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including Black Elk's Vision, Gift Horse, Coyote Christmas, and The Star People

. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Visit him online at

Subject: Waheenee, 1839?- > Juvenile literature.
Hidatsa women > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Women > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Blind women > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Hidatsa Indians > Social life and customs > Juvenile literature.
Waheenee, 1839?-
Hidatsa Indians > Biography.
Women > Biography.
Blind women.
Hidatsa Indians > Social life and customs.

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