Tuesday, May 25, 2004

White buffalo born in Flagstaff

PHOENIX - The owners of a small bison herd in northern Arizona were surprised to find one of their rare white buffalo had given birth to something even rarer: a white calf.

It's a 1 in 10 million occurrence, Spirit Mountain Ranch spokesman Keith Davis said of Saturday's birth.

"This is so rare specifically because she was born white," Davis said. "The others were born red (like normal buffalo) and turned white."

The birth of a white bison is meaningful for many American Indian tribes who consider it a symbol of rebirth when the world's people are in troubled times.

More here.

White buffalo are considered avatars of White Buffalo Calf Woman, who brought the peace pipe (among other things) to the native people of North America, along with the teaching that all people are one.

If you want to know more, do a google-search on White Buffalo Calf Woman - here's a link to three versions of the tale.


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