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Native American Gardening: Buffalobird-woman's Guide To Traditional Methods

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Publisher Comments:

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 will relate to Buffalo Bird Girland#8217;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 lifeand#8217;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.

Praise for Buffalo Bird Girl

STARRED REVIEWS

"The extraordinary illustration of this handsome volume begins with the endpaper maps and features acrylic paintings of the Hidatsa world reminiscent of traditional Plains Indian art. Pencil drawings and relevant, carefully labeled photographs round out the exquisite design. All the artwork both supports and adds to the text. An extensive authorand#8217;s note and timeline supplement this beautiful tribute."

and#151;Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This is a lovely and graceful introduction to a way of life that persists despite cultural obstacles and the march of time."

and#151;School Library Journal, starred review

"Nelson's quiet, respectful tone capably balances the factual details of daily life in the Hidatsa tribe with the obvious joy and nostalgia Buffalo Bird Girl feels toward her childhood."

and#151;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"As a writer, storyteller, and traditional artist of the Sioux people, his perspective is genuine and effectively portrayed. This book would be enjoyable for anyone interested in history, but would also be an effective resource in the classroom to support the curriculum.and#8221;

and#151;Library Media Connection

"Nelson's acrylic paintings and bandw pencil drawings are intriguingly interlaced with the photographs, contrasting Native American figures in blunt profile with harvest colors and background textures that mimic dried spears of grass, leather skins, and basket weaves."

and#151;Publishers Weekly

Award

Cooperative Childrenand#8217;s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Biography and Autobiography

Gelett Burgess Award - Arts and Letters category

and#160;

Synopsis:

How the Hidatsa of North Dakota planted, harvested, and stored their food. Methods of lasting value to modern organic gardeners and farmers. 40 figures, 10 illustrations on 5 plates.

Synopsis:

Early in the 20th century, anthropology student Gilbert Wilson made the first of several trips to an Indian reservation in North Dakota to examine agricultural techniques used among the Hidatsa Indians. This intriguing book is the result of his research. More than a survey of primitive agriculture, however, the work sensitively investigates the activities of a unique culture. With the help of Buffalobird-woman, a Hidatsa native, Wilson not only created a poignant biographical study and a classic anthropological document but also presented a Native American woman's interpretation of economics, with views about the land she cultivated, frequently sprinkled with shrewd and humorous observations.

The text covers a broad spectrum of topics, including methods that will be of lasting value to modern organic gardeners and farmers. Subjects range from useful advice on clearing fields, applying fertilizer, and storing crops for winter to such traditional activities as braiding ears of corn, making squash dolls, and harvesting tobacco blossoms.

Of special interest to anyone practicing sustainable agriculture, Native American Gardening will be of value to anthropologists, economic historians, and anyone fascinated by Native American life.

Synopsis:

Early-20th-century study takes a look at techniques of subsistence-level farming used by the Hidatsa of North Dakota. Descriptions of how tribe planted, harvested, and stored its food. Of value to modern organic gardeners and farmers, anthropologists, historians, and anyone fascinated by Native American culture. 40 figures; 10 illustrations on 5 plates.

About the Author

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 childrenand#8217;s books, including Black Elkand#8217;s Vision, Gift Horse, Coyote Christmas, and The Star People. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Visit him online at www.sdnelson.net.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter I Tradition

Chapter II Beginning a garden

and#160; Turtle

and#160; Clearing fields

and#160; Dispute and its settlement

and#160; Turtle breaking soil

and#160; Turtle's primitive tools

and#160; Beginning a field in later times

and#160; Trees in the garden

and#160; Our west field

and#160; Burning over the field

Chapter III Sunflowers

and#160; Remark by Maxi'diwiac

and#160; Planting sunflowers

and#160; Varieties

and#160; Harvesting the seed

and#160; Threshing

and#160; Harvesting the mapi'-na'ka

and#160; Effect of frost

and#160; Parching the seed

and#160; Four-vegetables-mixed

and#160; Sunflower-seed balls

Chapter IV Corn

and#160; Planting

and#160; A morning's planting

and#160; Soaking the seed

and#160; Planting for a sick woman

and#160; Size of our biggest field

and#160; Na'xu and nu'cami

and#160; Hoeing

and#160; The watchers' stage

and#160; Explanation of sketch of watcher's stage

and#160; Sweet Grass's sun shade

and#160; The watchers

and#160; Booths

and#160; Eating customs

and#160; Youths' and maidens' customs

and#160; Watchers' songs

and#160; Clan cousins' custom

and#160; Story of Snake-head-ornament

and#160; Green corn and its uses

and#160;and#160;and#160; The ripening ears

and#160;and#160;and#160; Second planting for green corn

and#160;and#160;and#160; Cooking fresh green corn

and#160;and#160;and#160; Roasting ears

and#160;and#160;and#160; Mand#226;tu'a-la'kapa

and#160;and#160;and#160; Corn bread

and#160;and#160;and#160; Drying green corn for winter

and#160; Mape'di (corn smut)

and#160;and#160;and#160; Mape'di

and#160;and#160;and#160; Harvest and uses

and#160; The ripe corn harvest

and#160;and#160;and#160; Husking

and#160;and#160;and#160; Rejecting green ears

and#160;and#160;and#160; Braiding corn

and#160;and#160;and#160; The small ears

and#160;and#160;and#160; Drying the braided ears

and#160; Seed corn

and#160;and#160;and#160; Selecting the seed

and#160;and#160;and#160; Keeping two years' seed

and#160; Threshing corn

and#160;and#160;and#160; The booth

and#160;and#160;and#160; Order of the day's work

and#160;and#160;and#160; The cobs

and#160;and#160;and#160; Winnowing

and#160;and#160;and#160; Removing the booth

and#160;and#160;and#160; Threshing braided corn

and#160;and#160;and#160; Amount of harvest

and#160;and#160;and#160; Sioux purchasing corn

and#160; Varieties of corn

and#160;and#160;and#160; Description of varieties

and#160;and#160;and#160; How corn travels

and#160; Uses of the varieties

and#160;and#160;and#160; Ata'ki tso'ki

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Mand#228;pi' nakapa'

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Mand#228;'nakapa

and#160;and#160;and#160; Ata'ki

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Boiled corn ball

and#160;and#160;and#160; Tso'di tso'ki and tso'di tapand#228;'

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Madapo'zi i'ti'a

and#160;and#160;and#160; Other soft varieties

and#160;and#160;and#160; Ma'ikadicake

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Mand#228;'pi mee'pi i'kiuta, or corn balls

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Parched soft corn

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Parching whole ripe ears

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Parching hard yellow corn with sand

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Madapo'zi pa'kici, or lye-made hominy

and#160;and#160;and#160; General characteristics of the varieties

and#160;and#160;and#160; Fodder yield

and#160;and#160;and#160; Developing new varieties

and#160; Sport ears

and#160;and#160;and#160; Names and description

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Na'ta-tawo'xi

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Wi'da-aka'ta

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; I'ta-ca'ca

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Okei'jpita

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; I'tica'kupadi

Chapter V Squashes

and#160; Planting squashes

and#160;and#160;and#160; Sprouting the seed

and#160;and#160;and#160; Planting the sprouted seed

and#160;and#160;and#160; Harvesting the squashes

and#160;and#160;and#160; Slicing the squashes

and#160;and#160;and#160; Squash spits

and#160;and#160;and#160; Spitting the slices

and#160;and#160;and#160; In case of rain

and#160;and#160;and#160; Drying and storing

and#160;and#160;and#160; Squash blossoms

and#160; Cooking and uses of squash

and#160;and#160;and#160; The first squashes

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Boiling fresh squash in a pot

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Squashes boiled with blossoms

and#160;and#160;and#160; Other blossom messes

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Boiled blossoms

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Blossoms boiled with madapo'zi i'ti'a

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Blossoms boiled with mand#228;pi'nakapa'

and#160; Seed squashes

and#160;and#160;and#160; Selecting for seed

and#160;and#160;and#160; Gathering the seed squashes

and#160;and#160;and#160; Cooking the ripe squashes

and#160;and#160;and#160; Saving the seed

and#160;and#160;and#160; Eating the seed

and#160;and#160;and#160; Roasting ripe squashes

and#160;and#160;and#160; Storing the unused seed squashes

and#160;and#160;and#160; Squashes, present seed

and#160;and#160;and#160; Squash dolls

Chapter VI Beans

and#160; Planting beans

and#160; Putting in the seeds

and#160; Hoeing and cultivating

and#160; Threshing

and#160; Varieties

and#160; Selecting seed beans

and#160; Cooking and uses

and#160;and#160;and#160; Ama'ca di'he, or beans-boiled

and#160;and#160;and#160; Green beans boiled in the pod

and#160;and#160;and#160; Green corn and beans

Chapter VII Storing for winter

and#160; The cache pit

and#160; Grass for lining

and#160; Grass bundles

and#160; The grass binding rope

and#160; Drying the grass bundles

and#160;and#160;and#160; The willow floor

and#160;and#160;and#160; The grass lining

and#160;and#160;and#160; Skin bottom covering

and#160;and#160;and#160; Storing the cache pit

and#160;and#160;and#160; The puncheon cover

and#160; Cache pits in Small Ankle's lodge

and#160;and#160;and#160; First account

and#160;and#160;and#160; A second account on another day

and#160;and#160;and#160; Diagram of Small Ankle's lodge

Chapter VIII The making of a drying stage

and#160; Stages in Like-a-fishhook village

and#160; Cutting the timbers

and#160; Digging the post holes

and#160; Raising the frame

and#160; The floor

and#160; Staying thongs

and#160; Ladder

and#160; Enlarging the stage

and#160; Present stages

and#160; Building, women's work

and#160; Measurements of stage

and#160; Drying rods

and#160; Other uses of the drying stage

Chapter IX Tools

and#160; Hoe

and#160; Rakes

and#160; Squash knives

Chapter X Fields at Like-a-fishhook village

and#160; East-side fields

and#160; East-side fences

and#160; Idikita'c's garden

and#160; Fields west of the village

and#160; West-side fence

and#160; Crops, our first wagon

Chapter XI Miscellanea

and#160; Divisions between gardens

and#160; Fallowing, ownership of gardens

and#160; Frost in the gardens

and#160; Maxi'diwiac's philosophy of frost

and#160; Men helping in the field

and#160; Sucking the sweet juice

and#160; Corn as fodder for horses

and#160; Disposition of weeds

and#160; The spring clean-up

and#160; Manure

and#160; Worms

and#160; Wild animals

and#160; About old tent covers

Chapter XII Since white men came

and#160; How we got potatoes and other vegetables

and#160; The new cultivation

and#160; Iron kettles

Chapter XIII Tobacco

and#160; Observations by Maxi'diwiac

and#160; The tobacco garden

and#160; Planting

and#160; Arrow-head-earring's tobacco garden

and#160; Small Ankle's cultivation

and#160; Harvesting the blossoms

and#160; Harvesting the plants

and#160; Selling to the Sioux

and#160; Size of tobacco garden

and#160; Customs

and#160; Accessories to the tobacco garden

and#160;and#160;and#160; Fence

and#160; The scrotum basket

Old garden sites near Independence

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486440217
Author:
Wilson, Gilbert L.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Nelson, S. D.
Author:
Waheenee
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Organic
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Hidatsa Indians.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Hidatsa Indians -- Agriculture.
Subject:
Waheenee
Subject:
Gardening-Organic Gardening
Subject:
Ethnic - Native American
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
10 x 10 x 0.5 in
Age Level:
from 6 up to 10

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How the Hidatsa of North Dakota planted, harvested, and stored their food. Methods of lasting value to modern organic gardeners and farmers. 40 figures, 10 illustrations on 5 plates.

"Synopsis" by ,
Early in the 20th century, anthropology student Gilbert Wilson made the first of several trips to an Indian reservation in North Dakota to examine agricultural techniques used among the Hidatsa Indians. This intriguing book is the result of his research. More than a survey of primitive agriculture, however, the work sensitively investigates the activities of a unique culture. With the help of Buffalobird-woman, a Hidatsa native, Wilson not only created a poignant biographical study and a classic anthropological document but also presented a Native American woman's interpretation of economics, with views about the land she cultivated, frequently sprinkled with shrewd and humorous observations.

The text covers a broad spectrum of topics, including methods that will be of lasting value to modern organic gardeners and farmers. Subjects range from useful advice on clearing fields, applying fertilizer, and storing crops for winter to such traditional activities as braiding ears of corn, making squash dolls, and harvesting tobacco blossoms.

Of special interest to anyone practicing sustainable agriculture, Native American Gardening will be of value to anthropologists, economic historians, and anyone fascinated by Native American life.

"Synopsis" by ,
Early-20th-century study takes a look at techniques of subsistence-level farming used by the Hidatsa of North Dakota. Descriptions of how tribe planted, harvested, and stored its food. Of value to modern organic gardeners and farmers, anthropologists, historians, and anyone fascinated by Native American culture. 40 figures; 10 illustrations on 5 plates.
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