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".
( Source: Washington Post, USA, 1994 )


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