Waheenee: An Indian Girl’s Story

by Waheenee


Waheenee-wea was born in 1839, approximately two to three years after a devastating small pox outbreak. This work tells the life of Waheenee, including her great-grandmother, White Corn, and grandmother, Turtle, and the many stories she grew up with, alongside her own life experiences.

Waheenee’s story was collected by Gilbert Livingston Wilson. He was a Presbyterian minister pursuing a PhD, who focused on ethnography. In 1906, he visited the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, with the goal of studying the Hidatsa tribe. Two years later, he had sponsorship by the American Museum of Natural History in New York to collect ethnographies and spent the following ten summers there studying the Hidatsas. Waheenee-wea, or Buffalo-Bird Woman was his primary contact. Later he collected her story and put together the narrative of her history.

This new edition is dedicated to the editors of Thrivance, the Journal of Indigenous Ways of Being, Knowing, and Doing.