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White Buffalo Calf Woman

            People who are non-native or no indigenous often wonder why Indigenous People smoke a pipe at their various ceremonies and on special occasions. I had the opportunity to interview Arvol Looking Horse in 1996 when they made their unity ride from the Wahpeton First Nation I Saskatchewan to Gray Horn Butte, South Dakota. This was ac Ceremony that had to the goal of uniting the various Dakota, Nakota and Lakota people. Using the proper protocol in the interview, I guess in some way that entitles me to share this story with you. Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota the Nation. All Sacred Pipes that exist today have received their origins from this original pipe that was given to the Lakota Nation.

            Two warriors were hunting buffalo one time, a time of turmoil and strife of the Lakota people. In the distance the warriors could see a buffalo calf, as it drew closer they could see that the White Buffalo calf changed into the young beautiful woman. One of the young warriors saw how beautiful she was and had lustful thoughts about her, the White Buffalo Calf Woman, however, knew his intentions and she asked him to step forward. As she did so, a black cloud descended over them and they were no longer visible to his fellow warrior. The cloud soon dissipated and the warrior with the thoughts of lustfulness was covered with worms and left in bones. The other warrior knew that she was sacred and fell to his knees and began to pray. The White Buffalo Calf Woman told him to return to the camp of his people and in four days, she would bring the sacred bundle to help the help the suffering people.

            As she had foretold she did return on the fourth day appearing to them as a White Buffalo Calf descending on a cloud, changing from white to black than yellow then red. When the White Buffalo Calf Woman arose again, she is once again the beautiful woman carrying a sacred bundle in her arms. Spending four days with the Lakota people and teaching them many sacred songs and dances to be used for the building of a nation. Upon her leaving she instructed that they were responsible and caretakers of the land and that one day she would return for the White Buffalo Calf Pipe that was left in their care. With her return, she would bring peace and harmony and spiritual balance the world.

             There were seven sacred ceremonies that were given to the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota people. They were the Pipe Ceremony, C’anupa, Purification ’ I-ni-pi, Sundance Ceremony, Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi  and vision quest,Han-ble-c'i-ya . The other four sacred rites of the Hun-ka ka-g'a , Making of a Relative, the Ta-pa kah'-g'o-ya ,Throwing of the Sacred Ball, Wi-yan is'-na ti , Womanhood Ceremony and the Na-g'i glu-ha which is the Keeping of the Spirit Ceremony. It was prophesied by her at that time that when a White Buffalo Calf was born, it will the beginning of the time of change, since 1994 there has been a White Buffalo Calf on the Earth.

            So then what is a sacred pipe used for? The way that it was explained to me by a medicine man who has since left to the spirit world. The red pipestone represents the female and the stem represents the male and when inserted together the pipe becomes a much like a telephone to god or the Creator. So when one prays using the pipe, all things will be answered in time, some sooner than others. The bowl of the pipe where the sacred tobacco is place represents the world and all that is contained therein and upon. The pipe is used for a pipe ceremony itself or always with the other ceremonies to open or close. That is why the pipe was used in all the Treaties that were signed; it was a covenant between the Government, Indigenous, and The Creator.

            There is a place called Pipestone, Minnesota where the special rock is found to make the bowl and red pipestone. The pipestone is said to be the blood of the Dakota/Lakota/ Nakota and other tribes that lived in that area during the time of the great flood. Arvol Looking Horse is the keeper of the original pipe, given about 2000 thousand years ago, he lives at Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota. The pipe is only brought out to look at on very special occasions

White Buffalo Calf Song-Sung By Pipestone Creek