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Is anyone familiar with the story or meaning of the white buffalo? I would love input on this legend.?

A white buffalo was born in 1991 on a remote farm in Wisconson and people from all over the world, (close to three thousand a day) flocked there to see it. Insights please?

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In the beginning, before the Creation of the Earth, the Spirits lived among the Stars and humans lived in a subterranean world devoid of culture. Chief among the Spirits was Taku'skanskan (something that moves), the Sun, who was married to the Moon, with whom he had one daughter, Wohpe' (Falling Star). Old Man and Old Woman, whose daughter Ite' (Face) was married to Tate (Wind), with whom she had four sons, the Four Winds.
Among numerous other spirits, the most important was Ikto'mi (Spider). Ikto'mi conspired with Old Man and Old Woman to increase their daughter's status by arranging an affair between the Sun and Ite'. The discovery of the affair by the Sun's wife led to a number of punishments by Taku'skanskan, who gave the Moon her own domain, and by separating her from the Sun, began the Creation of time.
Old Man, Old Woman and Ite' were sent to Earth, but Ite' was separated from Wind, her husband who, along with the Four Winds and a fifth wind, presumed to be the child of the adulterous affair, established space. The daughter of the Sun and the Moon, Wohpe', also fell to Earth and later lived with the South Wind, the paragon of Lakota maleness, and the two adopted the fifth wind, called Wamniomni (Whirlwind).
The Emergence
Alone on the newly formed Earth, some of the Spirits become bored, and Ite' prevailed upon Ikto'mi to find her People, the Buffalo Nation. In the form of a Wolf, Ikto'mi traveled beneath the Earth and discovered a village of humans. Ikto'mi told them about the wonders of the Earth and convinced one man, Toka'he (the first), to accompany her to the surface. Toka'he did so and upon reaching the surface through a cave (Wind Cave in the Black Hills), marveled at the green Grass and blue Sky. Ikto'mi and Ite' introduced Toka'he to Buffalo meat and soup and showed him tipis, clothing, and hunting utensils. Toka'he returned to the subterranean village and appealed to six other men and their families to travel with him to the Earth's surface. When they arrived, they discovered that Ikto'mi had deceived them: Buffalo were scarce, the weather had turned bad, and they found themselves starving. Unable to return to their home, but armed with a new knowledge about the world, they survived to become the Founders of the Seven Sacred Fires.
The Seven Sacred Rites
Wohpe' (Falling Star) appeared to the Lakota as a real woman during the period of starvation. She was discovered by two hunters, one of whom lusted for Her. He was immediately covered by a mist and reduced to bones. The other hunter was instructed to return to his camp and tell the people that She, "White Buffalo Calf Woman," would appear to them the next day and that a great council tipi should be constructed. White Buffalo Calf Woman presented to the People a bundle containing the Sacred Pipe, and she told them that in time of need they should smoke from the Pipe and Pray to Waka'ntanka for help. The smoke from the pipe would carry their Prayers upward. She then instructed them in the Seven Sacred Rites, which continue to form the basis of Lakota Spirituality.


I've heard some American Indians claim that the White Buffalo is the equivalent of Jesus and that their ancestors were saved because they worshiped the Sky Chief and the White Buffalo.

The White Buffalo Calf Woman, in Lakota mythology, is a sacred woman of supernatural origin who gave the Lakota their "Seven Sacred Rituals".

The traditional story is that, long ago there was a time of famine. The chief of the Lakotas sent out two scouts to hunt for food. As the scouts travelled they saw a figure in the distance. As they approached they saw that it was a beautiful young woman in white clothing.

One of the scouts was filled with desire for the woman. He approached her, telling his companion he would attempt to embrace the woman, and if he found her pleasing, he would claim her as a wife.

His companion warned him that she appeared to be a sacred women, and to do anything sacrilegious would be folly. The scout ignored his advice.The companion watched as the scout approached and embraced the woman, during which time a white cloud enveloped the pair. After a while, the cloud disappeared and only the mysterious woman remained.

The remaining scout was frightened, and began to draw his bow, but the woman beckoned him forward, telling him that no harm would come to him.

As the woman was fluent in Lakota, the young man decided she was one of his tribe, and came forward. When he arrived, she pointed to a spot on the ground where the other scout's bare bones lay. She explained that the Crazy Buffalo had compelled the man to desire her, and she had annihilated him.

The scout became even more frightened and again menaced her with his bow.At this time, the woman explained that she was Wakan and his weapons could not harm her. She further explained that if he did as she instructed, no harm would befall him and that his tribe would become more prosperous.

The scout promised to do what she instructed, and was told to return to his encampment, call the Council and prepare a feast for her arrival.The woman's name was Ptesan Wi which translated White Buffalo Calf Woman. She taught the Lakotas many sacred rituals and gave then the chununpa or sacred pipe which is the holiest of all worship symbols. After teaching the people and giving them her gifts, PtesanWi left them promising to return.

Later, the story became attributed to the goddess Wohpe, also know as Whope, or Wope.

When Roman Catholic missionaries first came among the Lakota, their stories of the Virgin Mary and Jesus became associated with the legend of White Buffalo Calf Woman. The syncretic practice of identifying Mary with PtesanWi and Jesus with the chununpa continues among Lakota Christians to this day.

additional insight from my medicine card book...

White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the sacred pipe to the people and taught them to pray. The bowl (feminine) holds the tobacco (masculine) ... this blending creates a connection to the Great Spirit... the smoke is a visual prayer".

"All animals are sacred, but the White Buffalo is the most sacred in many traditions. The appearance of White Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe is being honored, and that the promises of prophesy are being fulfilled. It also signals a time of abundance and plenty".

I have seen her, communicated with her... beautiful...

I can tell you that I lived in North Dakota where a white buffalo was born n the 1990s...

My understanding is that a white buffalo is significant to native americans in terms of a sign that their hardships will lessen, and possibly the return of their spiritual leader...

The Legend from My Village of the Twice White Buffalo

There was a buffalo, and he was very shy. He had seen his ancestors hunted and slaughtered for meat and hide,while
a few of his younger cousins got modeling jobs for the "nickel
portrait" competition in the big city..but they had never been heard from again.
He loved from a distance, a pretty tender buffalette named Loki, who had long eyelashes, and chewed her cud
in a way that made him crazy. He could never get her alone to talk for she was always surrounded by her buffalo girlfriends.
One night , he couldn't take it any more, so he called her on the phone. He waas so nervous and shy that his buffalo face became ashen and white,...
"Hello?-" it was she , who answered the buffalo-phone.
"Uh - whew." he began.."Buffalo gal," he began...
"YES?!" she recognized his voice. She too had been noticing him..
"Um...won't you come out tonight and dance by the light of the moon?" There he had said it! His heart was on the line...
"Why, yes, my shy white-faced buffalo guy. That would be a lovely thing to do!"
Later that night, they met in the pasture, just to neck and cud. And the full moon was so bright, it illuminated her face and eyes with the bright white light of love. and so she too, was white.

And that my friend who asked, is the story in my village of the twice white buffalo. It was told to us in our sex-ed class. Pax!

A white buffalo is a rare occurrence and they are considered sacred among certain native Americans.
Kisses Betty B.

its called albinoism ..

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