White Buffalo Calf Woman  

Posted by Stella Clark

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Although not a traditional goddess, White Buffalo Calf Woman is well worth including in this blog. In Native American mythology, She is a sacred woman of supernatural origin; Her legend is very ancient, perhaps over 2,000 years old and has a prominent place in the spiritual practices of several Native American tribes. Her story is as follows:

It was so long ago that no one knows when, but all of the people were starving. The sun shined all the time, and everything was drying up, and each day, scouts were sent out but there was no game, and they returned night after night without food. The people were starving. It was a time of chaos.

One day the chief sent two of his warriors to hunt for game, and they decided to climb a high hill from which they would be able to see far across the plain. They had climbed about halfway up when they saw what seemed to be a person floating toward them. They knew at once that this must be a holy person, and when it drew closer, they saw that it was a beautiful young woman, more beautiful than any they had ever seen. She was dressed in a white buckskin which had been richly embroidered with porcupine quills, and She had red dots of paint on Her cheeks.

One of the young men desired Her, and He reached out to touch Her. A bolt of lightning crackled out of nowhere and burned the young man into a small pile of charred bones. The other warrior fell to his knees at once and began to pray. She told him who She was and explained that She would bring some good and holy things for his people from the nation of the buffalo. He was told to return to his people and have them erect a medicine lodge and She would come in four days.

And after four days, this She did...appearing to the people as a white buffalo calf descending on a cloud. As She stepped down, She once again became a beautiful woman. She spend four days with the people...teaching them the correct way to pray, the right words and the right gestures. She taught them the sacred songs, the ceremonies, and the traditional ways. And She gave them the White Buffalo Calf Woman Pipe. She taught them to lift the pipe to the sky, to hold it toward the earth, and then in the four directions...and, in this way, the earth, sky, and all of the living things were to become one family, held together by the pipe. She taught them how to care for the land so they would no longer starve. And the world was filled with plants and animals and the people had much to eat.

And on the fourth day, the people saw Her walking off in the same direction from which She had come...leaving the pipe in their care....And, She promised that one day She would return for it and once again bring harmony to the world. The birth of a white buffalo calf would be a sign that it was near the time of Her return.

In 1997 a rare female white buffalo calf was born in Wisconsin, the first of four. This is a sign that the people have waited for...for so many generations. They say She is a sign of the Fifth World, the World of the Fifth Sun. There is once again hope for the renewal of life here on Earth, even as things appear their darkest. This is the time when we must strive for the balance of the male and the female energies for the power of the Creator can only be realized with the joining of the male and female energy in harmony and balance, as full and equal partners.

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