Renewed Hope For The World Comes With Another White Bison Calf
The first(living) white buffalo, “Miracle", a female, was born ten years ago on August 20th, 1994 on the south central Wisconsin farm of Dave, Valerie and Corey Heider
Especially sacred to Plains Indians such as the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, known as the Sioux, because the white calf is seen as a symbol of rebirth when the world’s people are in troubled times as told through the legend of the White Buffalo and related by John Lame Deer in 1967.
“One summer a long time ago, the seven sacred council fires of the Lakota Sioux came together and camped. The sun was strong and the people were starving for there was no game.
“Two young men went out to hunt. Along the way, the two men met a beautiful young woman dressed in white who floated as she walked. One man had bad desires for the woman and tried to touch her, but was consumed by a cloud and turned into a pile of ashes.
“The woman spoke to the second young man and said, ‘Return to your people and tell then I am coming.’ This holy woman brought a wrapped bundle. She unwrapped the bundle giving to the people a sacred pipe and teaching them how to use it to pray. ’With this holy pipe, you will walk like a living prayer,’ she said. The holy woman told the Sioux about the value of the buffalo, the women and children. ‘You are from Mother Earth’, she told the women, 'what you are doing it as great as the warriors do.’
"Before she left she told the people she would return. As she walked away, she rolled over four times turning into a white female buffalo calf. It is said after that day the Lakota people honored the pipe, and buffalo were plentiful.”
A white bison calf is a one in ten million occurrence according to Keith Davis a spokesperson for the Spirit Mountain Ranch owned by Jim and Dena Riley. None of the other buffalos on the ranch are albinos but rather a mutation of the usual color of dark brown to black which turned white. Of their eleven buffalo, four are white not including the newborn and all are pure bison proven by DNA testing at a California and not a mix of bison and cattle known as “beefalo”.
The birth of a second sacred white buffalo during these troubled times when our nation is at war and we live with
the constant threat of terrorism symbolizes the coming together of humanity into a oneness of heart, mind and spirit.
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