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Rare white buffalo birth
AP ^ | Thu Sep 14 | EMILY FREDRIX

Posted on 09/17/2006 11:12:32 PM PDT by Alex1977

MILWAUKEE - A farm in Wisconsin is quickly becoming hallowed ground for American Indians with the birth of its third white buffalo, an animal considered sacred by many tribes for its potential to bring good fortune and peace.

"We took one look at it and I can't repeat what I thought but I thought, 'Here we go again,'" said owner Dave Heider.

Thousands of people stopped by Heider's Janesville farm after the birth of the first white buffalo, a female named Miracle who died in 2004 at the age of 10. The second was born in 1996 but died after three days.

Heider said he discovered the third white buffalo, a newborn male, after a storm in late August.

Over the weekend, about 50 American Indians held a drum ceremony to honor the calf, which has yet to be named, he said.

Floyd "Looks for Buffalo" Hand, a medicine man in the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D., said it was fate that the white buffaloes chose one farm, which will likely become a focal point for visitors, who make offerings such as tobacco and dream catchers in the hopes of earning good fortune and peace.

"That's destiny," he said. "The message was only choose one person."

The white buffalo is particularly sacred to the Cheyenne, Sioux and other nomadic tribes of the Northern Plains that once relied on the buffalo for subsistence.

According to a version of the legend, a white buffalo, disguised as a woman wearing white hides, appeared to two men. One treated her with respect, and the other didn't. She turned the disrespectful man into a pile of bones, and gave the respectful one a pipe and taught his people rituals and music. She transformed into a female white buffalo calf and promised to return again.

That this latest birth is a male doesn't make it any less significant in American Indian prophecies, which say that such an animal will reunite all the races of man and restore balance to the world, Hand said. He said the buffalo's coat will change from white to black, red and yellow, the colors of the various races of man, before turning brown again.

The birth of a white male buffalo means men need to take responsibility for their families and the future of the tribe, Hand said.

The odds of a white buffalo are at least 1 in a million, said Jim Matheson, assistant director of the National Bison Association. Buffalo in general have been rare for years, thought their numbers are increasing, with some 250,000 now in the U.S., he said.

Many people, like Heider, choose to raise the animals for their meat, which is considered a healthier, low-fat alternative to beef.

Gary Adamson, 65, of Elkhorn, who is of Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, said tribal elders will help interpret the animal's significance.

"There are still things that need to be done, and Miracle's task wasn't quite done yet, and we feel there's something there," he said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: americanindians; buffalo; charlesbronsonalert; fortune; indians; luck; milwaukee; whitebuffalo; wisconsin

1 posted on 09/17/2006 11:12:34 PM PDT by Alex1977
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To: Alex1977

It is the 3rd rare white buffalo born.


2 posted on 09/17/2006 11:17:44 PM PDT by Alex1977
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To: Alex1977

There's a farm north of Flagstaff,AZ that raises these things. There's not a bunch of Native American hocus pocus like the ones in Wisconsin and they charge a fee to take pictures of them.


3 posted on 09/17/2006 11:21:50 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (You can't defeat your enemy unless you are willing to get down in the mud with him.)
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To: Alex1977
Gary Adamson, 65, of Elkhorn, who is of Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, said tribal elders will help interpret the animal's significance.

What a load. Though, I am surprised he added Choctaw into the mix. They're usually only Cherokee. I could probably find out pretty quickly what the 'elders' think of this buffalo and Mr. Adamson.

Most tribes it wouldn't mean a whole lot, other than being an interesting looking animal before being eaten.
5 posted on 09/18/2006 12:01:26 AM PDT by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: kenth
I could probably find out pretty quickly what the 'elders' think of this buffalo and Mr. Adamson.

Well, why don't you just do that, and at the same time give us chapter and verse of why we should believe your opinion, which sounds a bit offish...

It's been written and spoken for decades about the Native American legends of the White Buffalo - and the prophecies

6 posted on 09/18/2006 12:30:11 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: kenth

Well, aren't you the special one.


7 posted on 09/18/2006 12:52:43 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Alex1977

What a great name for a Casino! "White Buffalo".


8 posted on 09/18/2006 1:02:35 AM PDT by Dallas59 (Muslims Are Only Guests In Western Countries)
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To: maine-iac7

Every time something like this happens, there is always one the press seeks out who will reinforce their stereotype of the backwards nature worshipping Indian. They will almost invariably be Cherokee, and always mention "elders" to reinforce said stereotype; to promote the idea of the Native American religion system, as if there is only one.

Being a member of the Choctaw Nation, most of us aren't holding our breaths waiting for the third coming of the calf.


9 posted on 09/18/2006 1:08:43 AM PDT by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: maine-iac7
" It's been written and spoken for decades about the Native American legends of the White Buffalo - and the prophecies"

Now that's what I'd say is a load of B.S. There hasn't been wild buffalo for 200 years, so where did decades of these "legends" come from. Oh I know, from this new age rebirth of Indian legends and "prophacy" (which never before existed) Besides, there were never plains buffalo there, just woodland bison- not quite the same animal.

10 posted on 09/18/2006 1:27:53 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary (Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new,)
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To: kenth
"Every time something like this happens, there is always one the press seeks out who will reinforce their stereotype of the backwards nature worshipping Indian. They will almost invariably be Cherokee, and always mention "elders" to reinforce said stereotype; to promote the idea of the Native American religion system, as if there is only one."

At least someone isn't afraid to say it like it is. There isn't any such thing as a "nature worshipping indian" around here either, unless they can get $50 bucks for a deer they pouch. Then they worship the deer, as long as the buzz from the crack lasts....

11 posted on 09/18/2006 1:33:35 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary (Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new,)
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To: kenth

I'm sure my fellow Chickasaws don't care about this white buffalo much, either, cousin. It's mostly a Plains tribal ceremony.

But, I do! I have been fascinated by the white buffalo visions from childhood onward and would've loved to have gone to see Miracle, but just was too busy all the time. I have a Breyer mini-version of her, though. Wonder what they'll name this one.

I like to hear the stories and the imaginative interpretations. Maybe Miracle didn't usher in a new millennium of peace, but they do talk about Christ in their revelations of the white buffalo symbolism and don't make it a pagan "buffalo goddess" thing.

A legend is just that, a legend. The Legend of the White Buffalo gives praise to the Creator and represents hope. It's all good.


12 posted on 09/18/2006 1:36:05 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Rte66
"I like to hear the stories and the imaginative interpretations."

Then you should come to the bar on welfare day. If you are real lucky, you can look through the new shipment of crafts made by Philipino's in the city for the tourist trap... er.. trading post on the reserve...

13 posted on 09/18/2006 1:42:55 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary (Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new,)
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To: Nathan Zachary

Which one?


14 posted on 09/18/2006 1:48:32 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Alex1977
I didn't know white buffalo is rare in the United States.  I'd seen many around the Philippine islands they parade them during festivals, They called white carabao.


15 posted on 09/18/2006 1:49:17 AM PDT by wannabegeek
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To: Rte66

;-)

These stories just irk me sometimes, especially when they (the media) get the one guy who wants his name in the paper being named some sort of pseudo spokesperson for all Indians.

I'm Christian, both of my grandfathers were Methodist ministers who grew up in Christian households themselves, and most Choctaws I'm related to or know are Christian. I went to high school in Ada, OK, so know the Chickasaws too, and now live not to far from the Cherokee nation in NC. Most I've met are Christian and their families have been for a long time. Yet the leftist media, hollywood and too many who just don't know any better are more than willing to believe that all tribes have the same religious system, and that it is one of nature worship. We didn't need a buffalo to lead us to Christ. 8-)

As for legends, history and traditions of the tribes, I've got no problem with it. I guess what it boils down to is the attempted leftist usurpation and conglomeration of various tribes' beliefs and trying to pawn them off as a singular Native American religion.


16 posted on 09/18/2006 1:52:46 AM PDT by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: wannabegeek

Isn't that a water buffalo? Different animal. Most of them *are* white, aren't they? They don't sweat, like Brahmas.


17 posted on 09/18/2006 1:53:49 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: kenth

Oh, I get ya. We Civilized persons of the tribal persuasion have not done very good PR for ourselves, to separate us from the Plains heathens. LOL.

I'm almost *series* about that.


18 posted on 09/18/2006 1:56:54 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Alex1977

Anybody checked with Ted Nugent for his reaction?


19 posted on 09/18/2006 2:05:46 AM PDT by Heatseeker
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To: Heatseeker

I am so glad you asked that! While looking for *his* lyrics, I found the lyrics to a song I've been looking for since 1994! Thanks to you!

First, the last of Ted:

" ... The great white buffalo,baby.
The Great White Buffalo....
Look out,here he comes.
He's doin'all right. ..."

And next, the ones I remembered hearing 51 years ago! Audio at the link, which I can't play on my puter, no sound - hope it's good.

http://thinhippo.com/steve/whitebuffalo.html

The White Buffalo

I have heard many stories from an old indian friend and this is my favorite even though it has no end

There's an old indian legend I was told long ago,

it's about a special valley and the White Buffalo.

Echo, Chorus: Buffalo ... Buffalo ... Buffalo

There are few who have seen him though they've looked high and low

for the trail is long and winding to the white Buffalo

Echo: Buffalo ... Buffalo ... Buffalo

The legend says you'll find him if your heart is brave and true and you treat all men as brothers no matter what they do

I have searched for that valley since I started to grow,

I won't stop until I find it and the white Buffalo.

Echo: Buffalo ... Buffalo ... Buffalo

the legend says you'll find him if your heart is brave and true and you treat all men as brothers no matter what they do

I have searched for that valley since I started to grow,

I won't stop until I find it and the white Buffalo.

For I know it's right to find the White Buffalo!

Repeat, in chorus: White Buffalo ... Buffalo ... Buffalo ... Buffalo!

Composer: Bergman

>>>I first heard this on a Rin Tin Tin episode in 1955. It was memorable and quite haunting, sung by the lieutenant at Fort Apache who had "adopted" Rusty and Rinty, Rip Masters.

There was a vision of a real buffalo (bison) which appeared white on a B/W TV, like *magic,* of course, standing up on a high rock promontory, alone and in half-silhouette. It was just beautiful. Once in a while, it would repeat and it was by far my favorite episode.

This was one of my first "50s nostalgia" questions I asked when I first got online and I never got an answer. Now there are several references to it!

Mostly, I remember that the friendly Indians told Rusty only the pure of heart could see the White Buffalo - I was only 5, so it made quite an impression on me - looking for that critter all my days, lol.

"The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin"
The White Buffalo (1955)
Episode 29 of 146
Original Air Date: 14 October 1955 (Season 2, Episode 6)
TV Series: "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1954)


20 posted on 09/18/2006 3:10:25 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Alex1977

It's hard to read articles such as this one and others about beheadings and church burnings and believe that this is 2006. I used to wonder how the Dark Ages could occur after the flowering of Greek and Roman culture, but no more.


21 posted on 09/18/2006 3:14:41 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: kittymyrib

????


22 posted on 09/18/2006 3:22:39 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Alex1977

Arizona White Ass


23 posted on 09/18/2006 3:23:02 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: DainBramage

?????

It's just a baby buffalo, y'all. Sheesh!


24 posted on 09/18/2006 3:24:46 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: DainBramage
Don't forget:

The Massachusetts Water Buffalo

25 posted on 09/18/2006 3:27:14 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: maine-iac7
"It's been written and spoken for decades about the Native American legends of the White Buffalo - and the prophecies"

Uh, the Choctaw are not "plains indians" in origin and hence unlikely to have legends of "white buffalo".

26 posted on 09/18/2006 4:03:50 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

Thar' be the White Whale!


27 posted on 09/18/2006 4:09:08 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: Nathan Zachary
Now that's what I'd say is a load of B.S. There hasn't been wild buffalo for 200 years, so where did decades of these "legends" come from. Oh I know, from this new age rebirth of Indian legends and "prophacy" (which never before existed) Besides, there were never plains buffalo there, just woodland bison- not quite the same animal.

I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but the legend of the white buffalo has been around for some time. I have two large framed prints in my office by Frank McCarthy featuring the white buffalo. One is shown here In Pursuit of the White Buffalo. This print shows two Indians hunting the white buffalo during the fall. The sequel is named Big Medicine, and shows the same two Indians hunting the same white buffalo the following winter.
28 posted on 09/18/2006 4:51:16 AM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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To: GarySpFc

Wow, thanks for posting those links. Powerful paintings, especially "Big Medicine." Looks like he's "hoary" with frost or snow. Very nice.

Would love to know what McCarthy thought the "ending" would be after the winter hunt. Kinda hope it was the same as the summer hunt! Thank you.


29 posted on 09/18/2006 5:25:17 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Alex1977
said it was fate that the white buffaloes chose one farm, which will likely become a focal point for visitors

A white buffalo was born in Kentucky last year.

30 posted on 09/18/2006 5:28:04 AM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Rte66
Rin Tin Tin!!! Wow....That's a dip in the memory bank.

But the most vivid memory remains: sitting by the radio and listening to the Lone Ranger and Sky King.

31 posted on 09/18/2006 5:33:51 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Alex1977

The "White Buffalo" was greeted by a group of Indians who danced around the animal chanting the old familiar Indian greeting song, "Hey ha wah ewe"! "Hey ha wah ewe"!


32 posted on 09/18/2006 5:41:06 AM PDT by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

White Buffalo alright, but black heart.


33 posted on 09/18/2006 5:49:57 AM PDT by .44 Special (Death to Traitors!)
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To: Rte66
Wow, thanks for posting those links. Powerful paintings, especially "Big Medicine." Looks like he's "hoary" with frost or snow. Very nice.
Would love to know what McCarthy thought the "ending" would be after the winter hunt. Kinda hope it was the same as the summer hunt! Thank you.


I forgot to mention this, but you will notice in the first painting McCarthy shows the buffalo herd gathered around the white buffalo as if they were protecting it. In the second painting the Indians have isolated the WB from the herd. He made that point on information which came with the print.
34 posted on 09/18/2006 5:52:39 AM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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To: Alex1977

35 posted on 09/18/2006 6:04:41 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Nathan Zachary
At least someone isn't afraid to say it like it is. There isn't any such thing as a "nature worshipping indian" around here either, unless they can get $50 bucks for a deer they pouch. Then they worship the deer, as long as the buzz from the crack lasts....

Which is the results, along with alcoholism, fetal alcohol syndrome and domestic violence of the government welfare system of reservations

36 posted on 09/18/2006 7:11:57 AM PDT by apackof2 (You shall know the FACTS and the FACTS shall set you free)
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To: Rte66
"The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin"

Fond memories

*sigh*

37 posted on 09/18/2006 7:13:52 AM PDT by apackof2 (You shall know the FACTS and the FACTS shall set you free)
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To: DainBramage
Arizona White Ass

LOL!

38 posted on 09/18/2006 7:14:30 AM PDT by apackof2 (You shall know the FACTS and the FACTS shall set you free)
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To: Hatteras
Intensities in 10 Cities is always a favorite at my Soirées.
39 posted on 09/18/2006 7:23:56 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero ╗ with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Sacajaweau

Wow, how did they show the "clear blue of the western sky" on radio? I didn't know Skyler and Penny and the Songbird were on radio before TV.


40 posted on 09/18/2006 10:46:12 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Rte66
I'm 62. Likely a little older than you. We didn't have a TV until I was maybe 7 or 8. It was from Sears. But it was rarely on. I can remember sitting on the floor in front of the radio. Very cool. When the Lone Ranger hit the screen, it was marvelous!!

But then, the first song I learned was Home on the Range....and still love my Westerns.

Have now converted my grandchildren to westerns and old movies....and yes...they listen to Bacharach and LOOOOOVe Chicago!!

41 posted on 09/18/2006 12:56:19 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau

We didn't get our TV until I was 6, so a lot later than you did, as I'm 6 years behind you. It was a big old Philco box on a black metal 4-legged stand.

The only show I really vividly recall listening to on the radio regularly was the Don McNeill Breakfast club in the mornings with my mom. Listened to lots of baseball on summer nights, though - St. Louis Cardinals.

The very first TV show I remember on that old Philco was "Winky Dink," where you needed a little plastic film thing to put over the screen to draw on with crayolas to help Winky get out of predicaments.

My mom got tired of me drawing on the TV screen and finally bought me the plastic Winky thing, lol.


42 posted on 09/18/2006 1:35:19 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: stevierae54
>At age 13, she and a friend left for school one day, and we did not see them again for 6 months

Excuse me? Did I just read that correctly? Your 13 year old daughter ran away for 6 months to see the birth of a white buffalo? Did you try to find her? Did you know where she was? Please, the backstory on this one.

43 posted on 09/18/2006 1:40:57 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Sacajaweau
sitting by the radio and listening to the Lone Ranger

Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights @ 7:30. ;O)

And Red Ryder & Little Beaver

44 posted on 09/19/2006 2:20:40 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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