Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians
"This that I now tell is as I saw my mothers do, or did myself, when I was young. My mothers were industrious women, and our family had always good crops; and I will tell now how the women of my father's family cared for their fields, as I saw them, and helped them." -- Buffalo Bird Woman
In Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden, first published in 1917, anthropologist Gilbert L. Wilson transcribed the words of this remarkable woman, whose advice today's gardeners can still follow. She describes a year of activities, from preparing and planting the fields through cultivating, harvesting, and storing foods. She gives recipes for cooking typical Hidatsa dishes. And she tells of the stories, songs, and ceremonies that were essential to a bountiful harvest.
A new introduction by anthropologist and ethnobotanist Jeffery R. Hanson describes the Hidatsa people's ecologically sound methods of gardening and Wilson's work with this traditional gardener.
- As Told to Gilbert L. Wilson
- Format: Paper, 142 pp., 6
- Publisher: MHS Press
- Product ##: 9780873512190
Praise for Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden:
"A gem of a book useful for today's gardener." -- Organic Gardener
"One of the best gardening books around." -- City Pages
"Every gardener and agricultural scientist should find gems of practical wisdom in these pages, borne from an age-old tradition when sustainable agricultural practices . . . made the difference in sustaining life. Fascinating!" -- Foster's Botanical & Herb Review
"Historical photographs and diagrams of farming techniques, along with actual recipes and Hidatsa vegetable varieties, make this gem of a book useful for today's gardener."--Organic Gardening