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The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman

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The Legend of White Buffalo Woman tells the inspiring story of the first peace pipe, presented to the Lakota people to connect them to the Great Spirit, who will guide them through the hardships of life.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by National Geographic Children's Books (first published 1998)
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Oct 02, 2013 Miriam rated it liked it

This explanation of the origins of the Sioux peace pipe practice isn't one of my favorite of Goble's, although the illustrations are top-notch as always. I think part of the problem is that it has a more complicated context (conflict, expulsion, and migration) to explain and aspects (such as attempted rape) that are awkward to include in a book meant for kids. Also, this story just isn't as fun as, say, the Iktomi stories and some other more mythical tales.

The notes are excellent and extensive,
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Sep 09, 2012 Brittany Messer rated it it was ok
After reading this book, I was a little confused and taken back by the nature of the text. The text talked a lot about death and killing other people. I would not want to read this book to Primary children for it may cause fear in children who do not know about death. It was hard to read the text because of the lack of transitions between pages and the story as a whole. The overall structure of the text was not hard to read. The sentence structure varied in length and difficulty in words. The il ...more
Alexis Vesey
Paul Goble’s work, The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman, was written after his travels to the Black Hills of South Dakota. He moved to this region to get a first-hand account of the culture and struggles of many tribes of the Plains Indians. This story is based on accounts from the Lakota people he came across during his studies.
The book has a wonderful Author’s Note that explains the context of the story. The text explains that the Peace Pipe was brought to the Lakota people during a time of
Oct 15, 2009 Taya rated it liked it
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This book was a great mixture of information and entertainment. The story was very interesting, but because it is a large part of the Native American tradition and belief systems, it is highly educational as well. One thing I noticed while reading this piece was that the colors were very typical for a Native American story. Their traditions place a lot of meaning into red, yellow, black, and white, and these four colors were used frequently throughout the illustrations. The information found on ...more
From the author's note: Oral tradition does not tell when White Buffalo Woman gave the pipe, only that it was at a time of some great change or suffering caused by war or famine. White man's history suggest it might have been in the late 1600s ...

Goble includes notes to the reader about the legend, pipes, and the Pipestone Quarry, which I appreciate. The art, as always, is lovely, but the legend itself is not going to be one of my favorites. This does not read like a book intended for children.
Jul 24, 2011 Theresa rated it it was amazing
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native american story told by Paul Globe one of the best native story tellers, the art work is block print, the stories, are related to native stories, explaining the creation of the world, of man and how things are.
Jan 13, 2013 Libby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Lakota tale tells the origin of the peace pipe to Plains Indians. The illustrations are beautiful, and the book is specific and authentic. In the back of the book there is a specifically labeled diagram of the peace pipe.
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Aug 11, 2011 Jenny U rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated book telling the story of how the Lakota people received the "peace pipe" from Wakan Tanka (The Great Spirit). A must read for anyone interested in Native American culture.
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Paul Goble was an award winning author and illustrator of children's books. He has won both the Caldecott Medal and The Library of Congress' Children's Book of the Year Award.
He gave his entire collection of original illustrations to the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota.
Goble, a native of England, studied at the Central School of Art in London. He became a United States citizen i
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