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    Native Americans to celebrate white bison in Connecticut

    GOSHEN, Conn. | The birth of a white bison, among the rarest of animals, is bringing Native Americans who consider it a sacred event to celebrate at one of the least likely of places, a farm in New England.

    Hundreds of people, including tribal elders from South Dakota, are expected to attend naming ceremonies later this month at the northwestern Connecticut farm of Peter Fay, a fourth-generation Goshen farmer.

    Native Americans in the area have come with gifts of tobacco and colored flags for Fay and the bull calf since it was born there a month ago, and Fay is planning to offer his hay field as a campsite for the expected crowds.

    "They say it's going to bring good things to all people in the world. How can you beat that? That's the way I look at it," Fay said.

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    Marian White Mouse, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe in South Dakota, said the birth of a white bison is a sign from a prophet, the White Buffalo Calf Woman, who helped them endure times of strife and famine.


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    Video of white buffalo in Connecticut:

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    To address concerns for the calf’s safety, he also has at least one person stay at the farm around the clock. Last year, a white bison calf born in Texas was found dead and skinned — a slaughter that some suspect as an anti-Indian hate crime. Fay did not want the date of the ceremonies this month publicized.

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    The white buffalo or bison—Tatanka Ska in the Sioux language—was born June 16, at 1 p.m. on Peter Fay’s Mohawk Bison ranch in Goshen, Connecticut. Although Fay is not a Native and was only vaguely familiar with the story of the White Buffalo Calf Woman and the white buffalo as a spiritual symbol of sacred life and abundance to the Lakota and others, he has opened his heart and mind to the indigenous knowledge and practices that strangers have introduced into his life—sweet grass, tobacco, sage and stories of the ceremonies surrounding the birth of a white buffalo...

    ...The baby white buffalo was special almost from the moment he was born, Fay said. He was around 30 pounds, which is a bit smaller than usual, Fay said.

    “The other bison treat him differently. Around five hours after he was born, I couldn’t find him. I looked everywhere. The next morning I went out to look for him and he was standing in a circle of big bulls,” Fay said. “He somehow got through a fence and there he got in with the bulls by mistake. Usually the bulls kill the calves if they get the chance to. It was amazing. There he was standing in a circle of big bulls.”

    Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwor...eremony-121844 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwor...#ixzz21ALz6hAa

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    What an awesome story!

    Im glad he is keeping details about the ceremony a bit hush hush, so hopefully the little one stays safe.

    Even though I hate traveling in CT (sorry, CT folks, but your roads seem to be perpetually under construction for the last 20 years lol ) I'd hop over to Goshen for the ceremony but I have a billion things going on at the end of the month and will be out on the Cape in the opposite direction. Figures. Speaking of the Cape, I wonder if the Mashpee will be sending folks to the ceremony?
    “Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all." -Abp Oscar Romero

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardenlady View Post
    What an awesome story!

    Im glad he is keeping details about the ceremony a bit hush hush, so hopefully the little one stays safe.

    Even though I hate traveling in CT (sorry, CT folks, but your roads seem to be perpetually under construction for the last 20 years lol ) I'd hop over to Goshen for the ceremony but I have a billion things going on at the end of the month and will be out on the Cape in the opposite direction. Figures. Speaking of the Cape, I wonder if the Mashpee will be sending folks to the ceremony?

    The Mashpee have a great website:
    http://mashpeewampanoagtribe.com/

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    “The other bison treat him differently. Around five hours after he was born, I couldn’t find him. I looked everywhere. The next morning I went out to look for him and he was standing in a circle of big bulls,” Fay said. “He somehow got through a fence and there he got in with the bulls by mistake. Usually the bulls kill the calves if they get the chance to. It was amazing. There he was standing in a circle of big bulls.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlcox View Post
    “The other bison treat him differently. Around five hours after he was born, I couldn’t find him. I looked everywhere. The next morning I went out to look for him and he was standing in a circle of big bulls,” Fay said. “He somehow got through a fence and there he got in with the bulls by mistake. Usually the bulls kill the calves if they get the chance to. It was amazing. There he was standing in a circle of big bulls.”

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    So true.

    I've seen one white buffalo calf, here in SD. It was already changing color, as this baby will do.

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    But even if other white buffalo have been born in modern times, Miracle holds special significance for Native Americans. She's female, and the bull that sired her died, just as in the prophesy. And, while recent visitors to the Heider farm are sometimes disappointed that the calf's head has turned brown and its body is now a silvery tan, versions of the prophesy state that the white buffalo calf would change colors four times, thus signifying the colors of the four peoples she would unify: black, red, yellow, and white.

    http://www.merceronline.com/Native/native05.htm

    Story of Pte San Wi, White Buffalo Calf Woman:
    http://lightningmedicinecloud.com/legend.html

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    Jacie, can I just say "thanks" for all the wonderful Native culture you bring here? I have always been fascinated by Native Americans, and can tenuously claim some Cherokee blood (like millions of folks, and can't prove it except by stories...), but have never been able to really delve into the culture and the beliefs of Native Americans as deeply as I'd like to.

    So thanks for always providing a wonderful (and sometimes heartbreaking) glimpse into a most amazing culture...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herding Cats View Post
    Jacie, can I just say "thanks" for all the wonderful Native culture you bring here? I have always been fascinated by Native Americans, and can tenuously claim some Cherokee blood (like millions of folks, and can't prove it except by stories...), but have never been able to really delve into the culture and the beliefs of Native Americans as deeply as I'd like to.

    So thanks for always providing a wonderful (and sometimes heartbreaking) glimpse into a most amazing culture...

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    (hey, that could be my Native name...Woman who Herds Cats)
    I believe that knowledge is power and attaining or giving knowledge is always powerful.

    Woman who Herds Cats = Igmu Kahapa Wi [Lakota, not so literal, translation...closer to literal, Woman Who Drives Cats]
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    What a beautiful creature! Well, they're all beautiful but this little guy is gorgeous. I'm glad Mr. Fay understands there's a reason this calf was born on his farm and that he is its protector. Also just as glad he is so welcoming of the Native Americans' interest and reverence for the calf.

    I was not aware of the white buffalo calf in Texas that was killed and skinned. I can only hope whoever did that gets what they deserve eventually. How awful.

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    YES! THANKS Jacie!

    It's been a long time for me...

    The first time I learned about the sacred white buffalo I was introduced to Miracle, born in August, 1994...at the Heider Farm in Janesville WI...she was the first white buffalo born since 1933...Miracle's life and her changing colors have been documented at the link below. She had many calf's but sadly Miracle passed away in September of 2004...

    http://whitebuffalomiracle.homestead.com/

    News articles here: http://whitebuffalomiracle.homestead..._Articles.html

    Another white, Miracle's Second Chance was born at the same farm in August of 2006 - but only lived a few short months

    Lots of info at their website.

    I recently discovered we have an entire herd of buffalo living right here on our block

    I didnt know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michmi View Post
    What a beautiful creature! Well, they're all beautiful but this little guy is gorgeous. I'm glad Mr. Fay understands there's a reason this calf was born on his farm and that he is its protector. Also just as glad he is so welcoming of the Native Americans' interest and reverence for the calf.

    I was not aware of the white buffalo calf in Texas that was killed and skinned. I can only hope whoever did that gets what they deserve eventually. How awful.
    I would not want to be that person. To kill something sacred for a hide.

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    There was an album dedicated to the White Buffalo by a local here Shannon Lyon back in 95's....within a year after Miracle was born.

    Album and song of the same name Buffalo White...

    http://www.maplemusic.com/artists/sly/disc.asp

    http://mog.com/artists/songs/mn68239/shannon-lyon

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