Buffalo Woman

by Paul Goble

Paperback, 1987





Aladdin (1987), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages


A young hunter marries a female buffalo in the form of a beautiful maiden, but when his people reject her he must pass several tests before being allowed to join the buffalo nation.

Physical description

32 p.; 9.49 inches


0689711093 / 9780689711091



Media reviews

This Plains legend explains how buffalo and people are related, and the importance of the buffalo as a source of life. A young hunter marries a female buffalo in the form of a woman. When his people reject her, she returns to the Buffalo Nation with their son. The hunter follows but must pass tests to become a member of the Buffalo People. ... Beautifully illustrated.

User reviews

LibraryThing member bluemopitz
I liked this book, but not as well as some of Goble's other works. It is a little strange how, after hearing the negative comments of her husband's family, the woman runs off without even talking to her husband about the issue. Then she refuses to let him join her and their son...it doesn't make a lot of sense. This book could be used in a curriculum about folk tales or Native American culture.… (more)
LibraryThing member rdg301library
Reading Level: Primary
Genre: Traditional Literature
Summary: An old Native American legend in which a young hunter marries a female buffalo that has been transformed into a beautiful woman.
Evaluation: This is an entertaining story that teaches the reader a lot about Native American culture. It allows the reader to understand how much the lives of the Indians and buffalo were interwoven. The Indians relied on the buffalo for food, clothing, shelter, and many other things and this book shows the reader that there was a deep sense of kinship between tribes and the buffalo. The content of this book is easy to read and age appropriate. This book keeps the reader engaged and provides a story that will definitely keep the reader’s attention and teach them how much the Indians relied on the buffalo.… (more)




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