A symbol of hope, rebirth and unity for Native Americans has been born in the form of a white buffalo calf named Miracle. The rare birth, which took place on a farm in Wisconsin, has great cultural significance for the Great Plains Native American tribes. Floyd Hand, a Sioux medicine man from South Dakota, says the arrival of a white buffalo is like the Second Coming of Christ. The calf's birth will "bring purity of mind, body and spirit, and unify all nations -- black, red, yellow and white".
Since the birth,
thousands of visitors have travelled to the Wisconsin farm to catch
a glimpse of Miracle. According to statistics from the National Buffalo
Association, the likelihood of a white calf birth is approximately 1
in 6,000 million. Suzan Shown Harjo, President of the Morning Star Institute,
which works to preserve native cultures, says that the white buffalo
is a messenger of creation:"It is an important sign of well-being and
comingness, being on the verge of an awakening." She says the birth
of Miracle should make "all people pause the world over".