According to the mythology of the Lakota First Nations people of the North American plains, the Sacred Feminine figure White Buffalo Calf Woman came from the sky to teach her people all the sacred ceremonies of their culture -- the sweat lodge, vision quest, naming ceremony for children, sun dance, peace pipe and medicine wheel.
When White Buffalo Calf Woman returned to the sky, she promised to come back someday in the form of a rare white buffalo calf. This prophetic sign would be both a blessing and a warning to her people that great changes upon the Earth are imminent and that spiritual unity and harmony with the Earth must be restored.
White bison births are very unusual and, in the wild, occur naturally in only about one out of every 10 million births. Increased frequency of white buffalo calf births has been noted in the 21st century, likely attributable to selective breeding of domesticated bison and more widespread availability of media communication.
To honour White Buffalo Calf Woman, I have included on her altar a pair of handcrafted beaded indigenous moccasins which I bought at a yard sale in Winnipeg about 40 years ago. At the front of the altar is a fresh, fragrant sweetgrass braid, which is used in many indigenous cultures as a sacred smudge or for medicinal and weaving purposes. The ceramic statue of White Buffalo Calf Woman I bought here in Edmonton at a craft sale about 15 years ago.
The deer hide leather of the moccasins is pretty old and worn, but age cannot diminish the exquisite beauty of that beading!
[Photos © Debra She Who Seeks, 2023]