Before the European settlement of North America, Buffalo ranged from Alaska to Mexico and east from Oregon to the Atlantic Ocean. Buffalo was so numerous that when She migrated on the Plains, North to South, the skies were black with dust from her Herd’s hooves. Today, her Herd’s paths through the mountains became the basis for modern highways.
The natural history of Buffalo follows her Brother Wisent (European Bison). The largest Mammal in North America, She was hunted by people for her meat and hides. As Europeans settled the continent, She left the Eastern forests. Hunted relentlessly by Americans, Buffalo’s numbers dwindled to less than 1000 by 1890. Just as in Wisent’s case, a group of people sought to save Buffalo from extinction. Americans bred Buffalo to repopulate areas of the Plains.
Meanwhile, the Plains Indian peoples, as they became able to do also, fought to preserve one of their Sacred Animals. During the 19th Century Indian Wars, the U.S. government decimated Buffalo’s numbers to defeat the various Indian tribes. Today, the Indian Nations have begun to keep tribal Herds. Meanwhile the U.S. and Canadian governments recognize that Buffalo ought to be saved. Out of the millions of Buffalo that once roamed North America, only the Yellowstone Herd is still on their original grazing areas.
Because She provided the Plains Nations their food, shelter, clothing, and spiritual needs, Buffalo is sacred to them. Among the Lakota, the story of White Buffalo Calf Woman (Ptesan wi) is told. The Great Mystery (Wakan Tanka) sent a young woman wearing white buckskins to the Lakota, to give them their Sacred Pipe. After She explained the pipe’s significance to them, She left the Lakota as a White Buffalo Calf.
Compact and covered with shaggy fur, Buffalo migrated hundreds of miles with the seasons. Wherever She went, Buffalo made a tremendous impact on the land. Her wallows became temporary ponds in the spring, home to Salamanders. Cowbirds, following Buffalo’s Herd, ate Insects disturbed by her passing. Grazing near Prairie Dog towns, Buffalo ate the plants that Prairie Dogs disliked. As She grazed, her hooves churns up fresh soil, helping in the growth of the plants that Prairie Dogs liked.
For most of the year, She lives with Other Cows separate from the Bulls. During mating season, Bulls would compete for Her. After mating, She raises her Calf in a herd of other Mothers while Father Bull went off with his Herd. Mother Buffalo protects her Calf until He stops nursing, almost a year later.
Bison teaches people how to create abundance in their lives. Wherever Buffalo goes, Animals benefit from her passing. She creates places for Salamanders to breed, and fertilizes the plants for Prairie Dogs to eat. Even in death, her Body provides food for scavengers. Learn from Buffalo how to create abundance for yourself and those around you.
Important Buffalo Teaching: Appropriate Action
“Buffalo is also a creature of appropriate actions. He urges you to be generous to everyone including yourself. Buffalo understands all that is sacred, and he reminds us the Universe is generous. Buffalo teaches that you must strive to fair and kind.” Copyright: “Wolf Song”, Jeanette Spencer and Lew Hartman.
Take time to read what Buffalo's Brother, Wisent (European Bison) has to teach.
Buffalo Empowerment: Buffalo : Create and Accept Abundance: Animals have gifts that they are willing to offer people. One gift of the animals is their energies to empower people on their journey of life. With their energy gift, each animal offers their particular wisdom to the person. For people who need create and accept abundance, Buffalo offers her formidable gifts.
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One difference between Wisent and Buffalo is their size. Buffalo is bigger, with shorter horns. Also, Wisent prefers living in forests; Buffalo prefers plains.
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Drawing of "Buffalo" copyrighted by Mary Ann Sterling