UNAVAILABLE The Secret of the White Buffalo: An Oglala Legend is a children's picture book by Mohawk artist and storyteller C. J. Taylor. In this retelling for young readers, Taylor explains the story associated with the coming of the Sacred Pipe to the Lakota Sioux people. The story begins long ago when the people lived on the land and relied on the buffalo as their source for housing, clothing, food and much more. The people in this camp experienced a long and difficult winter. The children disobeyed their parents and elders and the parents lost patience with their children. The elders longed for spring when the people could once again return to hunting the buffalo. Then the need for cooperation would reunite the bickering camp. But when spring arrived the buffalo failed to appear. The people grew desperate. They called their two best scouts and sent them out with instructions to locate the buffalo. The two young men each had different personalities. One day during their search they noticed a beautiful woman dressed in white coming toward them from the hills. One man was disrespectful and his behaviour resulted in his disappearance. The other young man showed respect to the woman. She told him that she was bringing a special message and gift to the people. If the people followed her instructions and prepared for her arrival then she would appear. The young man returned and explained what the people must do in order to receive the special message. One day the beautiful woman in white appeared in the camp. Because the people had relearned cooperation, the woman brought them special teachings and the Sacred Pipe. When the people received the pipe the woman prepared to leave and as she ran hundreds of buffalo returned to the land. The people rejoiced. Although they were often tempted to forget the teachings of peace and harmony and respect for the natural world, the people continue to use the Sacred Pipe and spread its message to others. Full-colour paintings by Taylor appear on every second page of the book. The illustrations capture the elements of the story about the White Buffalo Woman and the Sacred Pipe. The final page of the book explains the history and culture of the Oglala Sioux people. Also available in a hardcover edition. A French edition, Le Secret du bison blanc, is also available.