White Buffalo

Great White Buffalo?
Great White Buffalo?

I distinctly remember a scene in a 1950’s western movie where the Indian chief was telling the cowboy about the “land of the Great White Buffalo”.  In the movies’ context, it was a heavenly place and the Great White Buffalo was revered as a supreme being.

Since then, I have found little to support my impression.  In fact, I have found very little information at all about the “Great White Buffalo”.  I have seen the term used as if it was something unattainable, never to be found, or “out of your league”, but the only American Indian reference to it I’ve seen is that the Lakota Tribe considers it sacred.

He certainly is a magnificent animal, and only the second one I’ve seen in my lifetime.  The American Bison Association says a white buffalo is born only one in every 10 million.

Thought for the Day:  Only to the white man was nature a wilderness and only to him was the land “infested” with “wild” animals and “savage” people.  To us it was tame, Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.                                                                                                                            Black Elk, Lakota Sioux

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