The birth of a white non-albino buffalo is a rare occurrence and is treated by the Lakota Sioux nation as a sign of peace and hope. About 2000 people gathered on Wednesday, June 29th in Greenville, Texas for a special naming ceremony held to honor the calf's sacred birth. The blessed Native American event was comprised of spiritual songs, gourd dancing, drumming, and smoking of the pipe to invoke unity and hope.
Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo, an Oglala Medicine Man from Pine Ridge, South Dakota says this about the sacred birth "It will bring about purity of mind, body, and spirit and.. unify all nations--black, red, yellow, and white."
According to the Lakota Sioux nation the birth of a white buffalo is a good omen. The White Buffalo Calf Woman story tells of a beautifully dressed woman being seen by Lakota warriors during a hunt. The woman spent time with them and taught them spiritual lessons. Afterwards she laid upon the ground and rolled four times, changing colors at each roll, at the end she transformed into the form of a white buffalo calf.
Owners of the Lakota buffalo ranch, Arby and Pat Little Soldier, have set up visitation hours for anyone interested in going to the ranch and seeing Lightning Medicine Cloud.