|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
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
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 its
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
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
Swallow believes so it will happen in our world again today, "The birth
of this calf symbolizes this, that evil will be destroyed," he
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
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."
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