Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 9
- Grade: p to 4
In this lyrical coming-of-age story, Governor General's Award-winner Rudy Wiebe captures the anxiety of a boy who feels powerless to help his people, but who must speak his dreams if they are to survive. Steeped in aboriginal myth and lore, Hidden Buffalo is also the tale of how a whole tribe can turn its gaze from the horizon to see to the wisdom of a child.
Original paintings by noted Cree artist Michael Lonechild capture the colorful palette of the prairie landscape in autumn and the rich detail of Cree life in the late nineteenth century.
About the authors
Rudy Wiebe was born near Fairholme, Saskatchewan in 1934. From the University of Alberta, he received a B.A. 1956 and a M.A. in Creative Writing in 1960. He studied under a Rotary International Fellowship at the University of Tuebingen in West Germany, and in 1962 he received a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. In 1962ᆧ63 he was editor of the Mennonite Brethren Herald, a position which he resigned because of the controversy over his first novel,Peace Shall Destroy Many. From 1967 to 1992 he was Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Alberta. Wiebe has published twenty-five books, including nine novels and the non-fiction best-sellerStolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman, co-authored with Yvonne Johnson. He was awarded the Governor General’s Award for fiction forThe Temptations Of Big Bear in 1973, and again in 1994 forA Discovery Of Strangers. He is also the winner of the Lorne Pierce Gold Metal of the Royal Society of Canada for his contribution to Canadian literature ླ87). Wiebe has served as chairman of both the Writer’s Guild of Alberta and the Writers’ Union of Canada. He now lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Michael Lonechild is a Cree, Native-Canadian painter best known for his brightly colored depictions of historical and present-day Cree culture. His oeuvre contains images of hunting buffalo and customary preparations for camp fires on winter days. Using acrylics Lonechild builds up many layers of paint to produce a glowing and textural quality to his works. "My technique is what people like to call the 'overlapping style',” the artist has said of his process. “I continue to paint over and over the same area in order to build up the mood." Born in the October of 1955 on the White Bear Reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada, Lonechild is self-taught, learning all he knows from books and observing other artists work. Early on in his career, the aritst was recognized in Dr. John Anson Warner’s book The Life and Art of the North American Indian (1991) as an influential painter of the Cree nation. His works are in the collection the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum in Canada and the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., among others. Lonechild lives and works between Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada.
Other titles by Rudy Wiebe
Where the Truth Lies
Extraordinary Canadians: Big Bear
Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955–2010
Extraordinary Canadians Big Bear
The Blue Mountains of China
Fruits Of The Earth
Of This Earth
A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest