Honouring The Buffalo Animated Show For Citytv Saskatchewan



Premiere Broadcast Date: Friday, February 17, 2023

Time: 9:45 a.m. & 11:56 a.m. and again on Feb 19 and 21 at 9:45

Where: Citytv Saskatchewan

Producers Judith Silverthorne and Mathilda Lavallee are pleased to announce the premiere broadcast date for the animated version of the all-ages picture book, Honouring the Buffalo on Friday, February 17 on Citytv Saskatchewan at 9:45 a.m., and 11:56 a.m. It will be broadcast again on Feb 19 and 21 at 9:45 and several later dates.

This seven-minute show is based on the oral story originally told by Wisdom Keeper Ray Lavallee of Piapot First Nation and the illustrations of Mike Keepness from Pasqua First Nation. Through animated illustrations, a grandfather tells his grandson how the buffalo came to help their people survive in the past.

Alison Kimbley and Judith Silverthorne adapted the story for preschool aged children and families. The illustrations were animated by Tony Quiñones who was also the picture, sound and music editor. The show features the voices of Erroll Kinistino, Bevann Fox and Grayson Baker-McGarva.

The book Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend was originally published in English and Cree in 2015 by Your Nickle’s Worth Publishing, and subsequently has been translated into French and Cree by les Éditions de la nouvelle plume, and in German and Cree by MONS Verlag and has won several international awards.

This show is produced with participation from Citytv Saskatchewan, Canada Media Fund, Creative Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

For more information contact:

Judith Silverthorne



Award-Winning Saskatchewan Book Goes Into Production

Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend, the all-ages picture book collaboration by Storyteller Raymond Lavallee, Illustrator Mike Keepness, and Judith Silverthorne is now in production with Citytv Saskatchewan.

Recognized internationally with four prestigious awards and numerous other accolades, the English/Cree version has been translated into the French/Cree and German/Cree languages. 

The English 7 minute animated adaptation for a preschool audience will be produced by Honouring the Buffalo Productions 1 Inc. for Citytv Saskatchewan, and is based on the illustrations of the late Mike Keepness. Mathilda Lavallee, the widow of the late Raymond Lavalle is onboard as Co-Producer. Co-writers are Alison Kimbley/Judith Silverthorne, and Silverthorne is also Director/Producer. Animator and Editor is Tony Quiñones while Bevann Fox is the Narrator.

Through animation of the book’s illustrations, Honouring the Buffalo will introduce kids to the history and culture of the Plains Cree and their relationship with the buffalo

Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend, initially received a book grant from Creative Saskatchewan to help with publishing costs. Production financing is in part from Citytv Saskatchewan, the Canada Media Fund, and Creative Saskatchewan.   The program will have its broadcast premiere in early 2023.

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