miracle, the sacred white buffalo
August 20, 2016
White Buffalo Calf
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.
The Heiders, who recognized the spiritual importance of Miracle's birth, turned down many lucrative offers to purchase her.
"To tell the truth, the first time I looked out there, I saw a million dollars," said Dave Heider after her birth. "But once I saw how much this little calf means to so many people, I couldn't see charging money for people to come and look at her. I mean, how can you put a price on something that's sacred and holy? You know, if God meant for me to be a millionaire, I would have won the lottery."
Miracle gave birth to four calves of her own before dying of natural causes on September 19, 2004.
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.
Joseph Chasing Horse is a Lakota Sundance chief, UN ambassador, and
descendant of Crazy Horse.
says that Lakota winter counts -- which date the telling of the White
Buffalo Calf Woman story in sacred ceremonies -- confirm that Miracle is
the buffalo calf of the prophesy.
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 so visitors could offer prayers or simply be in her presence. Thousands of pilgrims have travelled to this simple farm. Few leave unaffected by their time there.
On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Dave and Valerie Heider will once more open 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. (Directions)
Please park in the Heider's driveway. Seating is limited, so please bring lawn chairs.
For those unable to attend, the Heiders invite you to share your messages and private prayers using the forms below. Native Village will Fed Ex the information to Janesville before Miracle's memorial ceremonies.
Directions to the Heiders' Farm and more information:
Directions to Heider Farm: Heiders
Lodging and other
information can be found at
Miracle’s Website - General Farm and Visitor Information Page
Legend of the White Buffalo