Skip to comments.Rare white buffalo calf named in special ceremony
Posted on 06/29/2011 6:09:27 PM PDT by NYTexan
GREENVILLE, Texas Thousands of people came from miles around Wednesday to see and honor a legend in the flesh - the white buffalo born in a thunderstorm on a northeast Texas ranch.
The rare white buffalo calf, regarded as sacred by Lakota Sioux tradition, was honored with Native American prayers, religious songs and the solemn smoking of a pipe in a special naming and dedication ceremony at the Lakota Ranch in Greenville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas.
Flag-flying patriotism, a steady Native American drum beat and scorching heat provided the backdrop for the spiritual event that drew about 2,000.
The calf was named Lightning Medicine Cloud - a reference to the thunderstorm that marked the arrival of his birth as well as a tribute to a white buffalo born in 1933 named Big Medicine.
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“The rare white buffalo calf, regarded as sacred by Lakota Sioux tradition, was honored with Native American prayers, religious songs and the solemn smoking of a pipe in a special naming and dedication ceremony at the Lakota Ranch in Greenville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas”
Must have been born at Willie’s place. He’ll smoke a pipe for just about anything.
Wisconsin had this happen, too. Yep. You can find Buffalo in Wisconsin, believe it or not.
‘Miracle.’ She had a good run. :)
Ted Nugent was still living in this area when a white buffalo was born on a farm near me but I think the song was a few years earlier. Nugent would have known about it because he and the farmer were friends.
The farmer later said that if it happened again he would likely sell the damn thing before it became a hassle. He made good money off the first one but said the crowds became a pain after a while.
There was one born years ago at Childs Buffalo farm near Hanover Michigan.
I saw rare buffalo once. I personally like medium buffalo.
Yeah. I meant to post the article on this.
It was born here a couple weeks ago I think.
White buffalo heap big deal in Greenville!
Yea verily, faith surpasseth all understanding
Although the white buffalo is rare, it’s not quite as rare as legend claims. We’ve had several reports of such births here in South Dakota.
Still a pretty awesome occurance.
>>How anyone can find mystic meaning in a color variation of a commercialized bovine, complete with ear tag, is beyond my comprehension.<<
Buffalo — the other OTHER white meat!
And were the Native Americans native to the area?
Does the calf know the ceremony was special?
I have no clue who Arby Little Field is http://heraldbanner.com/local/x1625122445/White-buffalo-born-near-Greenville
He can’t live but about 8 mi from my house.
Back in 1980 in Texhoma, Oklahoma Panhandle I had a family friend name of Big Bud and he had a kid called Lil Bud that I went to school with. A real ruffian, as was Lil Bud, but you couldn’t help liking them. They had a male and female buffalo.
Big Bud had a picture of himself cowboy’d out on the male buffalo in front of a JFK motorcade. This was before photoshpping so it must have been real.
That female was about the meanest thing I’d ever seen and it actually stomped to death Lil Bud about 7-8 yrs ago.
I’m white and was born in Buffalo.
Lot’s of Cherokee gals, but I won’t go into that here.
I know a white English Literature Professor in Buffalo.
Nothin wild about him. Houndstooth jacket with leather elbow patchs sort of a fellow.
Last White Buffalo 1933? Uh Oh. Bad Omen.
We have a friend who lives in Whitewater. She was biking one day and as she was going up a hill two bikers came past and shouted at her; “Look out for the buffalo!” She said she was hurt...she didn’t think she weighed that much!
As she topped the hill, she came upon a buffalo in the middle of the road. She looked at the buffalo, it looked at her. A guy came up on a three wheeler and herded it back to its field.
I'm so sorry...LOL, lived there most of my life...
“How anyone can find mystic meaning in a color variation of a commercialized bovine, complete with ear tag, is beyond my comprehension.”
There are similar traditions around the world - herds of white deer kept on lairds’ estates in Scotland, the literal origins of the proverbial white elephant belonging to rajas in India, other examples could probably be found.
Miss the food but glad we left.
But don’t get me started on the food missed...
Beef on weck
Friday Fish Frys
Chivetta’s chicken dinners
The best pizza in the world
Really big chicken wings
Artones’ steak subs...
Mean son of a gun when it grows up
A White Buffalo haunts Charles Bronson
The White Buffalo foreshadows the demise of the White Man. Our own government has made this come true!
Isn’t there some Native American Prophecy about the birth of a white buffalo?
“White man come, kill our women, rape our buffalo.”
The white buffalo is to mark the beginning of a great balance coming to the world, peace, harmony, nature, spirituality, ironic when you look at the news. If my half Indian granny were alive she’d say it meant that farmer will make a little more off that one than the others.
. . . . . .and I'd wager that's a partial list.
He said the ceremony was free but parking was $5 LoL
. . . Check out the prophecies pegged to such an animal in our era . . .
They were singing the “white buffalo soup” song.
Thanks for the ping!
I seriously doubt that.
Here’s a video about
CHIEF ARVOL LOOKING HORSE—LAKOTA SIOUX NATION SPEAKING ABOUT THE WHITE BUFFALO CALF PROPHECY:
I guess it’s not all bad . . .
Da go Te’ ~ Hello
The Lakota people have a prophecy about the white buffalo calf. How that prophecy originated was that we have a sacred bundle, a sacred peace pipe, that was brought to us about 2,000 years ago by what we know as the White Buffalo Calf Woman.
The story goes that she appeared to two warriors at that time. These two warriors were out hunting buffalo, hunting for food in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota, and they saw a big body coming toward them. And they saw that it was a white buffalo calf. As it came closer to them, it turned into a beautiful young Indian girl.
That time one of the warriors thought bad in his mind, and so the young girl told him to step forward. And when he did step forward, a black cloud came over his body, and when the black cloud disappeared, the warrior who had bad thoughts was left with no flesh or blood on his bones. The other warrior kneeled and began to pray.
And when he prayed, the white buffalo calf who was now an Indian girl told him to go back to his people and warn them that in four days she was going to bring a sacred bundle.
So the warrior did as he was told. He went back to his people and he gathered all the elders and all the leaders and all the people in a circle and told them what she had instructed him to do. And sure enough, just as she said she would, on the fourth day she came.
They say a cloud came down from the sky, and off of the cloud stepped the white buffalo calf. As it rolled onto the earth, the calf stood up and became this beautiful young woman who was carrying the sacred bundle in her hand.
As she entered into the circle of the nation, she sang a sacred song and took the sacred bundle to the people who were there to take of her. She spent four days among our people and taught them about the sacred bundle, the meaning of it.
She taught them seven sacred ceremonies.
One of them was the sweat lodge, or the purification ceremony. One of them was the naming ceremony, child naming. The third was the healing ceremony. The fourth one was the making of relatives or the adoption ceremony. The fifth one was the marriage ceremony. The sixth was the vision quest. And the seventh was the sundance ceremony, the people’s ceremony for all of the nation.
She brought us these seven sacred ceremonies and taught our people the songs and the traditional ways. And she instructed our people that as long as we performed these ceremonies we would always remain caretakers and guardians of sacred land. She told us that as long as we took care of it and respected it that our people would never die and would always live.
When she was done teaching all our people, she left the way she came. She went out of the circle, and as she was leaving she turned and told our people that she would return one day for the sacred bundle. And she left the sacred bundle, which we still have to this very day.
The sacred bundle is known as the White Buffalo Calf Pipe because it was brought by the White Buffalo Calf Woman. It is kept in a sacred place (Green Grass) on the Cheyenne River Indian reservation in South Dakota. It’s kept by Dr. Arvol Looking Horse, a 19th generation Lakota Indian who is known as the keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe.
When White Buffalo Calf Woman promised to return again, she made some prophecies at that time.
One of those prophesies was that the birth of a white buffalo calf would be a sign that it would be near the time when she would return again to purify the world. What she meant by that was that she would bring back harmony again and balance, spiritually.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Original Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Great Sioux Nation, sends these words on learning of the recent birth of the 9th White Buffalo Calf:
White Buffalo Calf Woman’s spirit makes her presence known, a sign of great changes signifying the Crossroads. I never dreamed I would live to witness this momentous time. Eight other white buffalo have since stood upon Mother Earth. White Buffalo Calf Woman’s spirit has announced her message of support in this time of great danger, and she continues to announce the message in the birth of each White Buffalo—each one of them a Sign, each one a fulfillment of ancient Prophecy as well as a new Prophecy for our times.
From: White Buffalo Teachings by Chief Arvol Looking Horse
No matter what happens to Miracle in the coming months and years, Joseph Chasing Horse says the birth is a sign from the Great Spirit and the ensuing age of harmony and balance it represents cannot be revoked. That doesn’t mean, of course, that the severe trials Native Americans have endured since the arrival of Europeans on these shores are over. Indeed, the Lakota nation mounted the longest court case in U.S. history in an unsuccessful effort to regain control of the Black Hills, the sacred land on which the White Buffalo Calf Woman appeared 2,000 years ago.
Still, despite their ongoing struggles, Native Americans are heartened by the appearance of a White Buffalo in Janesville, and have hope for a harmonious and prosperous future.
Mention that we are praying, many of the medicine people, the spiritual leaders, the elders, are praying for the world,” says Joseph Chasing Horse. “We are praying that mankind does wake up and think about the future, for we haven’t just inherited this earth from our ancestors, but we are borrowing it from our unborn children.”
Many believe that the buffalo calf, Miracle, born August 20, 1994 symbolizes the coming together of humanity into a oneness of heart, mind, and spirit.
I miss Ted’s. No good hotdogs in San Diego.
And don't forget the Towne (Greek) Restaurant!
Souvlaki breakfast is awesome there!
I remember visiting that farm in Janesville. It was on a Sunday in late September, I think it was in 1994. Very interesting experience.
What was your assessment at the time?
Actually I had mixed feelings at the time. The Heider farm was about a mile or less outside of town. The Heiders were not charging any admission fees, but that turned out to be a technicality. There was a large contingent of Lakota doing crowd control/security. They (Lakota) directed me on where to park - in someone’s front yard . . . which cost $10.
NO cameras were allowed. If you wanted photos to remember the visit you had to buy their photo packet . . . another $20.
I also remember a few Lakota wandering through the crowd seeking donations to keep the event going.
Visitors were restricted to one viewing area where you could see one side of a hill in the pasture. If you happened to be there at the right time a worker would put out some grain in a feed trough and then some of the buffalo would come over the hill into view.
What was impressive was the number of prayer cloths and dream catchers that were tied to the fence. And how the Lakota there were acting, kinda like how we would act while touring St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.