White Buffalo Calf Woman is one of
the most revered deities among the Native Americans in the United States.
A beautiful young woman who appeared to
a young warrior as a white buffalo calf, White Buffalo Calf Woman was a wholly benevolent
figure, for it was she who gave The People the peace-pipe and provided the teachings that
allow them to respect and live in harmony with all things.
Another version of the myths of White
Buffalo Calf Woman recounts her compassion, her great love for children and her
concern for their futures.
White Buffalo Calf Woman instructed the people to be responsible
caretakers of the land and to be always mindful that the children are the future of the
One of the gifts of White Buffalo Calf Woman was the suggestion that all
children be taught to hold baby animals with love and caring, so that as they grow they
will learn to love all the other babies of the world.
Buffalo Calf Woman gave her instructions, the white buffalo calf
that accompanied her rolled over four times, each time changing colors . . . once for each
race, first white, then yellow, then red, the black, signifying that we are all members of
the same family.