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memorial for
miracle, the sacred white buffalo

August 20, 2012
Janesville, Wisconsin

Miracle, the Sacred White Buffalo
August 20, 1994 - September 19, 2004

August, 1994

July 2004

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. 

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. 

While other white buffalo have been born in modern times, Miracle's birth is especially significant because she, alone, fulfills what the White Buffalo Calf Woman prophesized:

The calf would be a female;
The bull that sired her would die shortly after her birth;
The white buffalo calf would change colors four times to signify the four colors of the peoples she would unify: black, red, yellow, and white.

White: August 20, 1994

Black: Early 1995

Red: June 1995

Yellow: November 1995

Joseph Chasing Horse is a Lakota Sundance chief, UN ambassador, and descendant of Crazy Horse. He 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.  

Legend of the White Buffalo

"This is like the second coming of Christ on this island of North America. The legend is she would return and unify the nations of the four colors -- the black, red, yellow and white."   Floyd Hand, Sioux medicine man

Miracle on her 3rd birthday

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 travelled to this simple farm.  Few left unaffected by their time there.

On Monday, August 20, 2012, Dave and Valerie Heider will once more 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. (Directions)

Please park in the Heider's driveway. Seating is limited, so please bring lawn chairs. 

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.


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