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    White Buffalo Calf Woman

    By walt | September 13, 2010

    White Buffalo Calf Woman

    White Buffalo Calf Woman


    It was told around the villages for millennium that a Sacred Woman appeared to the Lakota people bringing the “Chanupa” (sacred Pipe) for their use here on earth. This is my interpretation of what I heard from Unci (Grandmother) long ago. 

    A long time back before time was captured by time pieces and clock radios. The ancestors of the Lakota nation told of a Holy event that happened in the Black Hills area of  Turtle island. The people where hungry and needed to find the Buffalo nation to survive the fast approaching winter. The seer’s prayed and sent two scouts to search for their brothers and sisters the  Buffalo. 

    The two scouts rode off and made camp for 3 days searching  for the herd. On the fourth day they spotted a cloud of dust far off and watched as yellow buffalo came towards them out of the dust. The yellow buffalo charged towards them and then rolled on the ground creating another cloud of dust. Out of this cloud came charging a Red Buffalo. It too rolled and created a third cloud of dust and a Black buffalo came forth towards the scouts who were by then totally enthralled at what was happening right in front of their eyes. The Black buffalo fell to the ground and began rolling creating the fourth cloud of dust and from this cloud a White buffalo appeared walked toward them and when it was close  transformed into a beautiful Woman who walked right up to the scouts. 

    She was wearing a beautiful ceremonial dress made of white buckskin. On her dress was a beaded red rose. The dazzling reflected sunlight made it look like no rose of this world. She walked the final steps approaching the two men. 

    One of the men wanted her sexually and took a step toward her. He immediately was turned into a pile of skull and bones . 

    The other knew she was Holy and he knelt before her and asked “how may I help you Sacred Woman”? 

    She talked to him with her mind. Return to your village and tell the people that in four days she would bring them a gift. She communicated to him how to construct a large ceremonial lodge to receive her and the gift. 

    She then turned and walked into a fast appearing white cloud and the wind picked up and blew the cloud away. In its place he saw a white buffalo running toward the horizon. 

    Seven days later the villagers where ready to receive her with a new Lodge they had built according to her wishes. 

    In the distance a scout spotted a cloud of dust forming in the nearby valley and the criers sang out.  Out of the cloud came a yellow buffalo. And the people where amazed when it rolled in the dirt and came up Red. Charged toward them and rolled in to a cloud of dust and came out Black. On the forth rolled the Buffalo came out of the cloud of dust White and walked to the edge of the village laid down and rolled a dust cloud. Out of the cloud walked the most beautiful Maiden carrying a bundle in her arms. She did not speak words yet told them plenty as she walked into the Sacred Lodge. 

    Inside she knelt by the fire pit laid the bundle she was carrying on the ground carefully, as if it was a child. She began slowly opening the bundle. Inside were a Pipe stem and a pipe bowl. She pick both pieces up one in each had and with her mind spoke. This is the pipe stem he represents the masculine. She held up her other hand. This is the pipe bowl  she represents the feminine. She put the two together making the sacred pipe whole and told them. When ever the Feminine has received the masculine surely the creator is present. 

    She then took a pinch of kinni-kinnick (Indian tobacco) from the bundle and held it up in the air towards the heavens saying this represents the Great Mystery . She placed it into the sacred pipe. Then took another pinch of kinic kinic held it to the heavens and said this represents the winged ones. She kept filling the pipe with blessings to the four legged, fishes, crawling ones, tall ones (trees), waters, star nation and finally the two legged (people) those in pain and suffering, orphans and those locked up spiritually in resentment and fear. And so the whole Universe and beyond was now represented inside the Sacred Pipe. She took a piece of fire and placed it in the pipe then drew in smoke and blew it towards the east and prayed then towards the south , the west and north. 

    She drew smoke and blew it towards the heavens and finally she blew smoke and touched the pipe to the earth. White Buffalo Calf Woman stood and held the pipe bowl towards her heart and the stem towards the heavens and she prayed for the people that they would thrive in harmony with Nature and the web of life would hold together because we are all related.  She then gave the people the sacraments to use the pipe in  the Sweat Lodge, Vision Quest, Adoption, Sun Dance, and Healings ceremony. Some sacraments  have been lost through the years because of laws prohibiting the practice of their religion. 

    Until the American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed in 1978. It was created to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians.

    White buffalo Calf Woman Bronze Sculpture

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