- To nearly all the American Indian Nations and Canadian
First Nations, white buffalo calves are considered highly sacred. To the
Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Siouxan Nations, they play a primary role in
their traditional beliefs and prophecies.
- Since the rare birth of the white buffalo calf, Miracle,
on the Heider Family farm in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1994, numerous white
buffalo calves have been born across the country. Interestingly, like
Miracle, most of these calves have been born on farms owned by non-Native
American people. Additionally, as a symbol of hope for peace, people from
many cultures have come to know about and honor these creatures.
- Miracle died unexpectedly in 2004 of natural causes at
only ten years of age; an event which created shock across the indigenous
nations and around the world.
- Now, another sacred white buffalo, named Miracle's Second
Chance by Valerie Heider, has been born on the same farm in Wisconsin during
a lightning storm on August 25, 2006.
- David Swallow, Teton Oglala Lakota traditional spiritual
leader from the Pine Ridge Reservation, spoke today on the significance
and message he sees in this calf's birth.
- He clearly believes that the name for this calf was actually
part of the message. He said, "The name is right, it is no accident,
the birth of Miracle's Second Chance is yes, a second chance for all humanity."
And since, to his people, lightning represents the destruction of evil,
Swallow feels the message is the strongest yet.
- Swallow went on to explain that, "It is not the
normal average person or even the normal government people who bring such
danger and destruction to the world. It is those who walk in greed and
envy who feed the prophesied many-headed serpent who is foretold to consume
- Swallow explained that the traditional stories of his
people tell that the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman came at a time of
great need and great strife and war to bring the people back to peace,
to living in a good way. She initially appeared to two men. In this first
encounter, one of the men was honored, the one who showed respect and right
spiritual action. The other was consumed and turned to dust because of
his evil intentions.
- Swallow believes so it will happen in our world again
today, "The birth of this calf symbolizes this, that evil will be
destroyed," he said.
- His words spoke that, "It is time that the white
nations and all mainstream cultures return to living in a good way, in
peace and harmony with each other and with Grandmother Earth. Only by
doing so, will life continue in our world."
- But Swallow was clear that there was also a message for
the indigenous nations as well. He pointed out that the Sacred White Buffalo
Calf Woman had brought the sacred c'anunpa, the sacred pipe, to his people
that they might use it to pray in a good way so that their sincere prayers
might be heard by the Divine.
- Swallow issued a call to all those who carry a c'anunpa.
He said, "The Sacred Pipe carriers, whether they are Native American
or not, need to get their sacred c'anunpas out and use them every day to
pray for peace and harmony to return to our world in a good way. Pray
that the "money" people will wake up and stop destroying Grandmother
Earth for profit and that her health will return. You can make a difference,
a very real difference. The c'anunpas need to be used for this purpose
by all who carry them. They need to do this every day and to walk with
these prayers in their hearts"
- Swallow continued, "My English is not good. I have
to be careful because sometimes I use the wrong words and am misunderstood.
But everyone needs to understand this clearly: We all need to pray, whether
you have a c'anunpa or not, whether you are American Indian or not. We
need to pray because it will only be by prayer that the world will be saved.
It will only be by prayer that the hearts of those who are destroying
the world can be changed."
- Swallow ended by saying, "I have said this is our
second chance for humanity. I pray that people will wake up and hear the
message. Our lives and our world depend on it." "Ho hecetu
yelo, I have spoken."
- To see pictures of Miracle's Second Chance on the internet,
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