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“A long time ago, Our People came from the Northern Woodlands to the Great Plains looking for food,” Grandfather said. “They saw that the Buffalo lived in harmony with Mother Earth the same as Our People did.”

Through the Creator, the buffalo gave themselves as a gift for the sustenance and survival of the Plains Cree people. The largest land animal in North America once thundered across the Great Plains in numbers of 30 to 50 million. They provided shelter, food, clothing, tools, hunting gear, ceremonial objects and many other necessities for those who lived on the Plains.

But by 1889, just over a thousand buffalo remained, and the lives of the Plains Cree people changed. The buffalo is honoured to this day, a reminder of life in harmony with nature as it was once lived. This is the story of how the buffalo came to share themselves so freely.

Judith Silverthorne is a multiple-international award winning Canadian writer and television documentary producer. She is the author of numerous middle grade and Young Adult novels, an all ages picture book, and adult non-fiction books, and a new series of mystery books for adults. Some of her books have been translated into Japanese, Cree, French, and German. She has also written several documentary scripts for television, hundreds of articles and columns for newspapers and magazines. She currently works as a freelance writer, instructor, editor, and documentary producer.