THUNDER BEAR AND KO by Susan Hazen-Hammond


The Buffalo Nation and Nambe Pueblo
Age Range: 10 - 12
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A somber, useful study in how cultures both continue age-old traditions and change, given new circumstances. In her first book, Hazen-Hammond documents that combination of tradition and change among the Indians of the Nambe Pueblo of New Mexico, focusing on Thunder Bear Yates, an eight-year-old, and his family (his grandfather, Herbert Yates, is the spiritual leader of the Nambe Pueblo, a role Thunder Bear’s father, Ben, will assume, as will Thunder Bear). Thunder Bear is a contemporary child who likes baseball and computers, and a member of his tribe, learning the old ways. The author recounts the history of the Winter People, who, in the early 19th century, traveled each winter to the plains to hunt the ko, or buffalo. By 1860 the buffalo became scarce, greatly changing the life of the Winter People. Mere decades ago, Herbert Yates established a buffalo herd on Pueblo land, and renewed the old traditions. Tawny gold light fills the photographs of daily life, the buffalo and the charm of their young, the dignity of the people, and the incongruity of the smooth adobe walls with decorative bear tracks and a roof that sprouts a television antenna. A captivating photo essay, handsomely presented. (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-525-46013-6
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Dutton
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1999


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