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Paul A. Johnsgard, Wind Through the Buffalo Grass: A Lakota Story Cycle (Lincoln, NE: Plains Chronicles Press, 2008). xxvi + 213 pp.


Copyright 2008 Paul A. Johnsgard.


Wind Through the Buffalo Grass: A Lakota Story Cycle is a narrative history of the Pine Ridge Lakota tribe of South Dakota, following its history from 1850 to the present day through historical events and through the stories of four fictional Lakota children, each related by descent and separated from one another by two generations. The ecology of the Pine Ridge region, especially its mammalian and avian wildlife, is woven into the stories of the children. Illustrated by the author, the book indudes drawings of Pine Ridge wildlife, regional maps, and Native American pictorial art. Appendices indude a listing of important Lakota words, and checklists of mammals and breeding birds of the region.