Based on actual events, this story tells of the successful efforts of Walking Cayote and other Natives to help stop the endangerment of the buffalo. In the 1870s less than fifteen hundred buffalo remained. The story follows a frightened buffalo calf who is lost from her mother and herd. Rescued by two members of the Nez Perce tribe she is taken to a small refuge for buffalo orphans started and run by Walking Cayote. They nurse the calf, and other buffalo orphans, back to health. The orphans ultimately wind up at the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana where they grow into a herd of seven hundred. Illustrated with vibrant illustrations and text that draws from research, Buffalo Song is a book about conservation and respect for animals.
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