Buffalo Bird Woman

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Buffalo Bird Woman
Hidatsa: Maaxiiriwia [1]
Hidatsa leader
Personal details
Born ca. 1839
Died 1932
Relations Brother Henry Wolf Chief; grandmother, Otter;[2] Edward Lone Fight
Children Edward Goodbird
Parents Father, Small Ankle, mother, Want-to-be-a-woman; stepmothers, Red Blossom and Strikes-many-women
Known for Recording Hidatsa gardening, agriculture, and culture

Buffalo Bird Woman (ca. 1839-1932) was a traditional Hidatsa woman who lived on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Her Hidatsa name was Maaxiiriwia (variously transcribed as Maxidiwiac and Waheenee). She was known for maintaining the traditional Hidatsa skills of "gardening, the preparation of food, weaving and many others."[2][3] She passed on the traditional ways of her culture and oral tradition through interviews with Gilbert Wilson, in which she described her own experience and the lives and work of Hidatsa women.[3]

Edward Lone Fight is her descendant.

Books by Buffalo Bird Woman[edit]


  1. ^ "Buffalo Bird Woman 'Maaxiiriwia' (Hidatsa)". NativeAuthors.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  2. ^ a b Buffalo Bird Woman. Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1987. ISBN 9780873512190
  3. ^ a b "Buffalo Bird Woman". Native American Authors. Retrieved 2013-08-03.