Skip to comments.Central Oregon home to rare white buffalo herd
Posted on 12/12/2010 11:38:25 PM PST by Racehorse
Pendleton Woolen Mills is making new Navajo-style blankets using wool and blended hair shed by an unusual herd of white buffalo in central Oregon.
Ranching experts say fewer than 50 white buffalo, or American bison, live in the U.S., The Oregonian reported.
On a sanctuary east of Bend, 11 of them roam acres of isolated juniper forest under the care of Cynthia Hart-Button and her husband, Charles Button. It's one of the larger collections of white buffalos.
Buffalo usually are black or brown. White buffalo are produced when recessive genes trigger the unusual trait. They are not albino.
Some Native American tribes consider them sacred.
"The significance of the white buffalo has been recognized by all the tribes that are buffalo culture people," Jim Stone, a Yankton-Yanktonai Sioux, told The Oregonian. Stone is executive director of the Intertribal Buffalo Council in Rapid City, S.D., an organization created to restore buffalo to Indian nations.
The white buffalo's presence is a prophesy of spiritual rebirth - "an indicator of better times coming to tribal people," Stone said. "Historically, that has been the view."
The first of the Oregon herd was born in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1997 into a small herd of black bison owned by Dena Riley and her husband, Jim. Hart-Button worked with the couple for a decade in Flagstaff.
Being in a single, small herd with the right genetic traits stacked the odds in favor of the unlikely white buffalo births, she said. "It's like winning a lottery ticket 11 times."
Hart-Button brought the herd to Oregon five years ago after Jim Riley died and a grieving Dena Riley decided to take a break from raising the buffalo.
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I think you might be right, the dust they roll in and the wind driven dirt can make a difference...
Albinism is a death sentence for critters in snowy or alpine regions. Their first winter out of the den/nest without their protective eye pigment they are blinded by the glare. Albinism is only a survival advantage if you’re a tiger working for Sigfried and Roy.
Thanks!! I was hoping for a photo.
God’s most perfect creature IMHO. Mind their own business, unless you mess with them. Don’t have to kill to survive.
Don’t mind whatever weather God throws at them.
There were millions here, ‘til we decided that they needed to be eliminated.
In other words the Indians are going to build another casino.
SO PAINFUL THAT IT BLINDED YOU FROM READING MY TAGLINE?
ANOTHER POSTER WHO CAN’T BE BOTHERED WITH READING TAG LINES.
Tastes like Spotted Owl, I bet.
Humblegunner would not approve..
Is goat granny on a horse, on foot, on another buffalo or on a large goat as she comes over the hill...
I love your remark of an off white beige buffalo...good sense of humor..still chuckling..
The keyboard looks the same whether caps-lock is engaged or not.
yep, but for us oldsters its easier to read when we don’t have glass’s handly and we are hard of hearing...
Silly!! of course she’s on a goat. I’m glad you took it as humor, the way I intended it.
No the screen font and my eyes smartass.
New system. Logitech revue.
It has some bugs to work out with software.
Think of a modern webtv. Sony came out with a system too but $500 more and the keyboard they provide is for those effecient at text messaging.
I prefer the old fashion keyboard that came with the Revue as it is easier on the arthretic hands.
Yep and somedays I can’t wear glasses because they make my eye allergies and dry eye so bad the eyelids are raw.
My tears/runny eyes literally burn the skin.
Eye doc said it has to due with hormones us older ladies don’t produce anymore.
That is ok I was worried all this skin break down was skin cancer. Just gettin’ old. And just got my first pair of glasses this year. Now I can see to drive. LOL
This new internet system has a tool to verbally speak.
In multiple language and speeds.
I set my perimeters in slow and British English but the thing doesn’t seem to work. Another bug I am working out.