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Buffalo Woman

(Buffalo Woman #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  11 reviews

Whirlwind belonged to the Oglala Sioux, the people of Crazy Horse. Born in 1820 near the Black Hills, she knew prosperity—her father could afford an expensive Buffalo Maiden ceremony—and eventually tragedy.


The Indian woman feels profoundly the chill of change: the decimation of the buffalo, the coming of white settlers to the Great Plains, the wars that reduce her people

Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 1st 1977 by Dodd Mead
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Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dorothy's storytelling brings a Lakota family to life as they navigated the decades before and after their lives intersected with Wasichus moving into their territory. She shares well-researched sociological, anthropological, historical, and ecological details in a fascinating read. Her facts match up with those in scholarly work, only they're more engaging because she's added the human factor by telling this achingly sad story through the eyes of a Lakota woman from her childhood to her old age ...more
Pam Walter
Set in the 19th century, this novel of American Indian History seemed well researched with much attention to social detail. The main character was Whirlwind who was an Oglala Lakota Sioux. The book follows her from her birth in 1820 through her "walking on" shortly after the events at "Wounded Knee" (1877).

For persons interested in American Indian History this is a good place to start. Each chapter progresses 10 or 15 years and begins with a summary of the current residents of the Lodge which i
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an older book telling the story of a Sioux woman and her family. the story starts in 1820 and ends just after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. It is well written with an eye for the detail of every day living. Not surprisingly it is sad as the downward arc of Buffalo Woman's life parallels that of her people. Also not surprisingly, the policies of the US toward indigenous people are shown to be as harsh and cruel as they were.
Apryl McLean
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was okay. Written by a white woman who clearly studied Native history and used a lot of names of the big Chiefs and battles of the day. I read it right after Waterlily and it was not as good because it was not as authentic. I love authenticity.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you've ever wondered what the women were doing while the men were off hunting or fighting then this book is for you. I found this to be enthralling and a rarity because of the viewpoint. I am looking forward to the second book All the Buffalo Returning.
Mike Jennings
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm only three chapters in but I'm giving this 5 stars already. If you want a genuine story about American Indians, cowboys, lawmen, badmen etc. you need to read Dorothy M. Johnson. You also need to read Shane by Jack Schaefer, The Shootist by Glendon Swarthout and Hombre by Elmore Leonard. Yet out of all these Dorothy M. Johnson is where you'll find the truest account of how real life was in those days: at least I think you will - I was born in the northern UK, what do I know?

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Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was another author mentioned in that same article--"anything by Dorothy Johnson". This book is written using a Lakota Indian woman in the 1800's as the main character to describe their way of life and customs as well as the terrible changes made by the white settlers. Very interesting.
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Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read about the Oglala Sioux, the people of Crazy Horse. Takes place from 1820-1877.
Stephanie A.
Possibly the best Native American story I've ever read, for the sheer level of detail as it wraps you up entirely within the Sioux world - and the way the 19th century steadily encroaches upon it.
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Dorothy Marie Johnson (December 19, 1905–November 11, 1984) was an American author best known for her Western fiction.

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