|On August 25, 2006, a rare white
buffalo calf was born on the Dave Heider farm near Janesville,
Wisconsin. The odds are about a million to one that a buffalo will be
born white, yet this is the third white buffalo that has chosen to come
to the Heiders.
In 1994, the white buffalo named Miracle was born there. Tens of
thousands of people flocked to the Heider Farm to pay homage to the
Sacred Buffalo who many believed fulfilled the Brule Sioux prophesy of
White Buffalo Calf Woman.
According to Crow Dog, a Medicine Man, "This Holy Woman brought the
Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe to the Sioux. There could be no Indians without
it. Before she came, people didn't know how to live. They knew nothing.
The Buffalo Woman put her sacred mind into their minds." As she left,
she promised to return again to help the People.
Miracle's death in 2004 caused many to wonder if she was indeed the
fulfillment of the prophesy. But if you think about it, didn't most
prophets throughout history appear, deliver their message and then go
back, leaving behind a promise to return before the end of days?
A second white calf was born in 1996 but lived only a few days. After
Miracle died, the Heiders went back to their ordinary lives, shut down
the gift shop and plowed up the parking lots. But the birth of this
buffalo, named Miracle's Second Chance, will probably change their
plans. Mr. Heider found the baby after a severe thunderstorm hit the
Second Chance's mother was recently purchased from a Missouri farm and
his father was a 10 month old bull buffalo who was very unruly and
considered dangerous. Heider had him butchered before the birth of the
new white calf. Two more buffalo cows were bred to him.
There are quite a few white buffalos in the world right now, but some of
them are albinos while many others are a cross between a buffalo and a
Charolais which often results in a white animal.
According to the prophecy, the true white buffalo will begin life as
white, then the coat will change to represent each of the other colors
of man; yellow, red and black before returning to brown. Miracle
fulfilled that promise.
Perhaps Miracle's Second Chance will help more People find their way
back to the Good Red Road and the promise that lies there.