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The Gift of the Sacred Pipe
White Buffalo Calf Woman, sacred to the Great Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation, is more than an ancient legend. She is a promise fulfilled: returning as a white buffalo calf, when the earth is in turmoil. Since 1994, several white calves have been born. Their arrival is both “a blessing and a warning” as they herald great changes.
White Buffalo Calf Woman’s story begins with two scouts searching for game, to feed their starving people. As the scouts looked across the plains from a hilltop, a light appeared and floated towards them. The light became a beautiful woman, dressed in white buckskin. One hunter reached out to claim her, and was consumed by a cloud and left as a pile of bones. The other hunter, who greeted her with reverence, was told by this vision: “Good things I am bringing, something holy to your nation. A message I carry for your people, from the Buffalo nation.” The scout was told to return to his tribe and instruct them to raise a medicine lodge for her arrival.
In four days, White Buffalo Calf Woman appeared to the people, descending from a cloud, bearing a gift. It was the Chanupa, the sacred pipe, along with tobacco mixed with red willow bark.
“With this holy pipe, you will walk like a living prayer. With your feet resting upon the earth and the pipestem reaching into the sky, your body forms a living bridge between the Sacred Beneath and the Sacred Above. The pipe holds them all together.”
The smoke rising from the red bowl was the breath of Wakan Tanka, The Great Mystery.
White Buffalo Calf Woman stayed with the people for four days, teaching them sacred ceremonies, the Four Directions, songs, and dances. She promised that her spirit would return in troubled times, when a white buffalo calf would stand upon the earth. She then departed, and in the distance, She transformed into a buffalo: first black, then red, yellow, and white.
A herd of buffalo appeared, offering themselves to ensure the survival of the people. The buffalo herd provided not only food, but also shelter, clothing, weapons, tools, medicine, and connection to The Creator. This sacred cycle of giving and receiving engenders respect and gratitude. All things sustain each other, and respect for all of our relations creates balance in the world. White Buffalo Calf Woman embodies the return of harmony.
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