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Tatanka and the Lakota People

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After the Great Spirits created the world, the Trickster fooled the Buffalo people into leaving the underworld and they became the Ordinary People, the Lakota, and needed help to survive. Tatanka, the holy man, turned himself into a buffalo and sacrificed his powers to help the Lakota people. With all that Tatanka provided, the Lakotas adapted to the world around them and prospered.

This is a traditional creation myth of the Lakota, or Sioux, people. The author and illustrator, Donald Montileaux, is an Oglala Lakota artist, illustrator, author, presenter and consultant on Lakota culture. He lives in South Dakota with his family.


  • Spur Awards Winner, 2007
  • Independent Publishers Book Awards, Silver Medal, 2007
  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Gold Medal, 2007


  • Written and illustrated by Donald Montileaux.
  • Published by South Dakota State Historical Society, May 1, 2009.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  • 0.3" H x 10.8" L x 7.8" W (0.45 lbs) 40 pages
  • Softcover