Buffalo Bird Woman, A Hidatsa Indian Born About , Was An Expert Gardener Following Centuries Old Methods, She And The Women Of Her Family Raised Huge Crops Of Corn, Squash, Beans, And Sunflowers On The Rich Bottomlands Of The Missouri River In What Is Now North Dakota When She Was Young, Her Fields Were Near Like A Fishhook, The Earth Lodge Village That The Hidatsa Shared With The Mandan And Arikara When She Grew Older, The Families Of The Three Tribes Moved To Individual Allotments On The Fort Berthold Indian ReservationIn Buffalo Bird Woman S Garden, First Published In , 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 HarvestA 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 GardenerPraise 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 Gardener Organic Gardening
Gilbert Wilson was born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1869 He earned a bachelors degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1899 after graduating from Wittenberg College, and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in Moorhead, Minnesota He then returned to Wittenberg and earned a master s degree In 1902, he became a pastor in Mandan, North Dakota Wilson was excited to live near Native Americans, as he enjoyed studying Indian life and folklore, and aspired to write sympathetic children s books which accurately depicted Indian life and customs Wilson married Ada Myers of Springfield in 1909 and had one child, who died suddenly in early adulthood Later in life, Wilson was both a pastor in Stillwater, Minnesota, as well as a professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Saint Paul, where he also served as pastor.Wilson s career as an ethnographer began when he visited the Sioux at Standing Rock Reservation in 1905 Two books came out of this early work The Iktomi Myth 1906 and Indian Hero Tales 1907 The next year, Gilbert and his brother Frederick would visit the elderly Hidatsa woman, Buffalo Bird Woman, at Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota This began in earnest Wilson s careful documentation of Hidatsa life In following years, he would include other family members of Buffalo Bird Woman in his scholarship, most prominently her brother Henry Wolf Chief and her son Edward Goodbird Wilson was also adopted into the Prairie Chicken Clan as a son to Buffalo Bird Woman and a brother to Edward in 1909.Among the many published works some posthumously that came out of this relationship, were the ethnographic works Agriculture of the Hidatsa An Indian Interpretation 1917 , The Horse and Dog in Hidatsa Culture 1924 , Hidatsa Eagle Trapping 1929 , The Hidatsa Earthlodge 1934 and the children s books Myths of the Red Children 1907 and Indian Hero Tales 1916 He also published Buffalo Bird Woman s and Goodbird s autobiography in Waheene an Indian Girl s Story, Told by Herself and Goodbird, the Indian.Early in Wilson s work at Fort Berthold, he generated great controversy when he bought the Waterbuster clan medicine bundle from Wolf Chief, who converted to Christianity and was wary of shouldering the responsibility of bundle ownership Wilson then sold the bundle to a wealthy New York collector, which angered many Hidatsa, especially those from the Waterbuster clan, as well as the curator of the State Historical Society of North Dakota who tried to bar Wilson from the reservation However, Wilson s adopted family supported him and allowed him to continue his research.As a student of Alfred Jenks, Wilson became a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Minnesota in 1910 He received his degree in 1916 with his dissertation, Agriculture of the Hidatsa An Indian Interpretation This work is a classic of northern Plains ethnography, and is still used by scholars today to gain insights into traditional Hidatsa farming practices.
- 129 pages
- Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians
- Gilbert Livingstone Wilson
- 13 July 2019 Gilbert Livingstone Wilson