buffalo calf - a good omen
In 1933 a white buffalo calf was
born in Colorado, and in 1994 another one, named Miracle, was born in
Janesville, Wisconsin, on the ranch of Dave and Valerie Heider. Thousands
of people of many different faiths have visited Miracle, testifying that
her birth is a call for all races to come together to heal the earth and
solve our mutual problems.
On 9 May of this year, a silvery-white buffalo calf named Medicine Wheel
was born at the ranch of Joe Merrival on the Pine Ridge reservation of
South Dakota. Another white calf, Rainbow, had been born in the same herd
on 27 April. It died 25 hours later of scours, a diarrhea-type condition.
The birth of a white buffalo calf is seen by the Native Americans as the
most significant of prophetic signs, equivalent to the weeping statues,
bleeding icons, and crosses of light that are becoming prevalent within
the Christian churches. Just as the Christian faithful who attend these
signs see them as a renewal of God's ongoing relationship with humanity,
so do the Native Americans see the white buffalo calf as a sign to begin
to mend life's sacred hoop.
The recent births were surrounded by controversy. Some have suggested
that the calf is a beefalo, a buffalo and beef cattle mix. Some have accused
Mr Merrival of genetic engineering. The odds of the birth of a white buffalo
are estimated as 6-10 million to one. In response, he says that there
is little probability of mixed parentage and none whatsoever of genetic
Mr Merrival, who is of Oglala Sioux ancestry, thinks the birth of Medicine
Wheel is a great gift that must now be used to try and help as many people
as possible. His son Darrin thinks that the calf was sent to us to unify
the nation. James Dubray, a medicine man, said: "Our young people
need it the
most. They need to have hope. They need to have a future. And this will
help. This place has been chosen as the starting point for the healing
process to begin."
Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo, an Oglala medicine man, has commented: "Here
is a man, a poor farmer, who has been kind to animals all his life, and
now there is a white buffalo calf here. These are omens, and they are
happening in the most unexpected place among the poorest people in the
country. They are good omens, if we pay attention to them. For us, this
would be something like coming to see Jesus lying in the manger."
Source: Share International
from: Share International September 1996
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