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The article related an event in
Janesville Wisconsin where thousands of
visitors were flocking to a small buffalo
farm to glimpse what it called a miracle,
the birth of a rare white female calf. In
Native American tradition, the birth of a white
buffalo heralded a time of revitalisation for the
tribes and 260 Lakota Sioux made a pilgrimage
to the farm to bless the calf and the land.
The article told of the importance of
the buffalo herds to the Plains Indians as
a powerful symbol of their prosperity. At
a time when the tribes were starving, a
woman in a shining white dress appeared
and delivered a sacred pipe, teaching
them to pray for the buffalo. She promised
to return and, as she vanished, she
turned into a white buffalo calf. Herds
of buffalo followed, saving the starving
tribes by providing their food, shelter and
The buffalo herds were the life source
for the Indian tribes until the expansion
of white settlement westward in the 1890s
forced them onto reservations and saw
their treasured totem animal slaughtered
in vast numbers.
Since then, the fate of the buffalo has
reflected the status of Native Americans, with
people praying for the spirit of the buffalo to
return. And the miracle happened in Janesville!
Once again, I was plunged into
excited confusion. Was it really the White
Buffalo Calf Woman I saw on the night of
September 10th? And if so, what did it
On my return to Australia, I bought a book
called White Buffalo Comes Singing by Brooke
Medicine Eagle. Opening to page four, I read
Brooke's opening words:
"Within the last two years I have had
many women of every race and walk of life
come to me saying, 'There has been a woman
in my dreams, a beautiful native woman
who seems to be calling me. This is puzzling
because I don't know what it means. Yet I
sense it is a very important message. Can you
help me understand?'
Brooke Medicine Eagle quotes the words
of Black Elk:
"White Buffalo Woman reminded
people then, and reminds us today, of
the intricate web of life of which we are a part
and that our honouring of the holiness...the
wholeness... of that web is the only way we will
be able to move through this crucial time into a
new era of peace and harmony. The Creator 's
Law of Oneness is that we must be in a
good relationship with all beings and
all things ... will all our relations.
The term 'all our relations' includes
humans of every colour and creed, all
the four legged people, those with wings
and fins, the green standing people
(trees), the mineral and stone people,
those that live within and crawl upon the
earth, those in starry realms and those
ancestors who have gone beyond as well
as those children of generations to come.
Everything both known and unknown
is included. White Buffalo Calf Woman's
teachings were that whatever we do to
any other thing in the great web of life,
we do to ourselves, for we are all one."
By the time I completed the book, I
felt replenished. The message was familiar,
echoing the teachings of Jesus Christ,
the Buddha, Sai Baba and many other
spiritual leaders. The message is simple:
Do unto others as you would have them
do unto you.
In these current, troubled times, I
believe one way we, as individuals, can
strive for peace is to heed the teachings
of White Buffalo Calf Woman...to break
down the cultural barriers that divide nations.
For we are all one. We are all threads of the
same extensive interconnected web.
She was exquisite. Cloaked in a
shawl of shimmering light, she stood
before me, two liquid brown eyes
locked into mine.
Gasping aloud at the impact of her energy,
I shot back into my body. Bewildered, I tried to
"project myself " out once more.
Then suddenly she was before me
a second time, flooding me with wave
upon wave of pure love. Thoughts ricocheted
through my consciousness at lightning speed.
Who is she? She looked like the Virgin
Mary. What happened?
One minute I'd been writing postcards
home to Sydney inside my Sedona log
cabin, the next I'd been propelled into
what seemed like a parallel dimension before
the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen in my
life. I'd had visions in the past, but this was
I confided in a friend and Sedona local.
"Who do you think she is?"
"From your description, she sounds like
The White Buffalo Calf Woman."
"I've heard of the White Buffalo Calf
Woman. Can you tell me more about her?"
"She saved the lives of thousands of
Lakota Indians by bringing herds of buffalo
to them. She promised to return one day,
before turning into a white buffalo calf
and disappearing as suddenly as she
arrived. Your vision could indicate change
coming up for you, Jo...or maybe it
heralds general change for everyone on
planet Earth...she is often associated with
change. And with peace".
"She felt so real...physical...not at all like
a vision. She seemed quite solid...her energy
was mind blowing..."
Shaking my head, I wandered off
alone. Whomever it was I had encountered
appeared to be more physical than
physical, more tangible than human.
How could this be? Was it because of the
impact of energy she emanated? She had
literally taken my breath away... I simply could
not remain in her presence.
Later, I spent hours "willing" the
experience to happen again, but it never did,
and I thought that was the end of it.
Until I opened a newspaper aboard a
plane 10 days later.
My mystifying experience occurred on
September 10, 1994. On September 14,
aboard a United Airlines aeroplane, I opened
an edition of USA Today. From page two, a
headline screamed at me.
Behold, A White Buffalo Miracle Birth
Jo Buchanan shares a powerful
experience with resonance for
our current times.
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