Sunday, September 17, 2006

Good Omens

This baby's a one in a million. Born August 25th, it's the third on the Heider farm in Wisconsin since 1996.

"When White Buffalo Calf Woman promised to return again, she made some prophecies at that time

One of those prophesies was that the birth of a white buffalo calf would be a sign that it would be near the time when she would return again to purify the world. ...she would bring back harmony again and balance, spiritually."

-Joseph Chasing Horse


Everyman said...

I love the way you tie stories from the past into our present day-very entertaining and educational too! I heard this story when I waas in the 3rd Grade. steve

kissyface said...

thank you!

That story for me is very recent past. I first heard it while watching a documentary on the Spirit Riders - Lakota Sioux who have found their people and culture renewed after resuming an ancient tradition of an annual winter crossing on horseback.

When I was in kindergarten at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, a local tribe of indians often came to perform ritual dances and tell us stories. I was smitten with one of the dancers, Patti Fawn. She was beautiful and gentle, and I'd probably have done about anything to be her at that age. The troupe were from a coastal tribe, maybe they were travelling Haida, but I can't recall. Also, my family spent a fair amount of time on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation when I was little. Later I learned that my mother's family is part Cherokee. I have a pretty strong affinity for the lore and customs (what little I know), which is so incredibly diverse from group to group. When I was a kid in Portland, you saw Indians around the city all the time admittedly many were drunks). Nowadays it's quite a rarity. I don't know why they are gone or where they went, but I think it's the city's loss.

kissyface said...

I just googled Patty Fawn - they were Lelooska indians. The internet is amazing.

Everyman said...

Yes, the net is amazing...I did a little research myself. I have no Native American blood but became very interested in all things Indian while in High School. What I found yesterday was how rare the White Buffalo is. There is a Tribe whose entire oral tradition only records three ever being seen. It makes you wonder if there is not more than a little genetic engineering going on in Wisconsin. Is it possible to engineer a White Buffalo? I'm rather out of my field. And if so, what does it do to the myth...