Join us!
memorial for
miracle, the sacred white buffalo

August 20, 2011
Janesville, Wisconsin

On Saturday, August 20, 2011, Dave and Valerie Heider are opening their farm to visitors who wish to celebrate and honor Miracle's life...
If you are unable to attend, the Heiders invite you to share a message with Miracle or offer your thoughts and prayers.  The deadline is Friday, August 12, 2011.

 Photo of white buffalo rock drawing on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, MT
© Todd Klassy Photography/Montana Photography

Miracle, the Sacred White Buffalo, was born on the farm of Dave, Valerie, and Corey Heider near Janesville, Wisconsin, during the morning of August 20, 1994.  She was the first white buffalo calf born since 1933.  Her birth was extremely important to the religious beliefs of many American Indian and Canadian First Nations tribes.

The Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations (known collectively as the Sioux) were considered Miracle's primary spiritual guardians. She played a pivotal role in the fulfillment of their most sacred prophecies.  Miracle was also revered in the prophecies and beliefs of other tribes and is a sacred symbol to American Indians across the continent. 

Miracle gave birth to four calves of her own before dying of natural causes on September 19, 2004.

The Legend of the White Buffalo
(from John Lame Deer's telling in 1967)

One summer a long time ago, the seven sacred council fires of the Lakota Sioux came together and camped. The sun was strong and the people were starving for there was no game.

Two young men went out to hunt. Along the way, the two men met a beautiful young woman dressed in white who floated as she walked. One man had bad desires for the woman and tried to touch her, but was consumed by a cloud and turned into a pile of bones.

The woman spoke to the second young man and said, "Return to your people and tell them I am coming."

This holy woman brought a wrapped bundle to the people. She unwrapped the bundle giving to the people a sacred pipe and teaching them how to use it to pray.

"With this holy pipe, you will walk like a living prayer," she said.

The holy woman told the Sioux about the value of the buffalo, the women and the children. "You are from Mother Earth," she told the women, "What you are doing is as great as the warriors do."

Upon leaving, the woman promised she would return in time of need. Then she transformed into a buffalo, changing color several times (like some white buffalo do as they age), and finally becoming a white female buffalo calf.

It is said after that day the Lakota honored their pipe, and buffalo were plentiful.

Many believe that Miracle symbolized the coming together of humanity into a oneness of heart, mind, and spirit.  She is seen as a symbol of hope and renewal for humanity and for harmony between all peoples, all races, in our world today.

As more white buffalo calves are appearing on earth, it is Miracle, alone, who led them in, and it is Miracle, alone, who fulfilled the prophecy of changing into mankind's four colors before her complete transition to brown.

White: August 20, 1994

Black: Early 1995

Red: June 1995

Yellow: November 1995

Although not American Indian, the Heiders viewed Miracle as a special gift who belongs to the hearts of all people. Commercialization has never been allowed. Instead, they freely opened their farm to visitors who wished to offer prayers or simply be in her presence. Whatever the reason for visiting Miracle on this simple farm, thousands of pilgrims came, and few people left unaffected by their time there.

On Saturday, August 20, 2011, Dave and Valerie Heider are opening their Janesville farm for guests who wish to honor Miracle's life. For those traveling to pay their respects, we welcome you and wish you a safe trip.  Please park in the Heider's driveway. Seating is limited, so please bring lawn chairs. More information, including directions and phone numbers, is posted at the bottom of this page.

For those unable to attend, the Heiders have invited Native Village to gather your messages or prayers and compile them in a book to be held during Miracle's prayer ceremonies.  The book will then be housed inside Miracle's small museum along with other tributes gifted to her from people across the world.

send Your Prayer or Message for miracle's Memorial
Deadline: Friday, August 12, 2011

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2739 South River Road, Janesville, Wisconsin 53546
(608) 752-2224

Directions to Heider Farm:  Heiders

Lodging and other information can be found at Miracle’s Website - General Farm and Visitor Information Page

Miracle’s Website - Heider Farm and Area Camping Information Page

Miracle’s Website ~ Miracle, The Sacred White Buffalo


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