Pick the happy buffy. Hang on to that one.
It’s like those bratty cousins at family reunions. The ones you hated.
The ones that made aunts and moms sternly cry,
“You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family.
Now get along - and don’t even think that comment about picking and noses.”
Warnings didn’t help.
The little monsters just waited until the coast was clear – then, pinched again. And in the face (or fist) of quick retaliation, they wailed – flowing with fake tears – an unprovoked attack, claimed.
That annoying mocking face from behind adult enforcers.
Yeah, sort of like that.
But an ouchie on a larger uglier scale.
Bound to leave a scar.
Lightning Medicine Cloud, a white buffalo calf born near Greenville, Texas, was slaughtered just before his first birthday. The hateful crime is still under investigation.
The murder was done in a ceremonial fashion, sacrificial fashion.
His mother was found the same way a day later.
That’s the kick in the gut.
Last week Arby Little Soldier, Sam Lone Wolf, and Lakota tribal members held a press conference concerning the slow pace of justice.
They claim the slaughter was done by at least seven Native Americans members from tribes other than Lakota.
Little Soldier told reporters, “They’re not of our nation. They have a different way than the Lakota nation.”
They say it was done out of jealousy and hate.
Arby Little Soldier and three designated war chiefs are convinced they know who did it.
They have names.
Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.
A grand jury may be handed the case at end of July if there is enough evidence. Or possibly an August 24th grand jury would be scheduled.
But the Lakota tribe is getting tired of waiting.
“We will bring those people and give them to them, right on the courthouse steps if we have to,” said Sam Lone Wolf, a Lakota war chief.
The brutal slaughter of a sacred animal shocked even those not Native American
Out of compassion, Cynthia Hart-Button, president of the Sacred World Peace Alliance sanctuary in central Oregon, is sending Chief Hiawatha: a seven year old white bull to Little Soldier’s Texas ranch.
The exact arrival time is guarded because of security concerns.
Trying to bring back hope.
While this new bull and the 14 other white buffaloes of the peace organization do not hold the same spiritual significance to Native Americans because they were carefully bred to be white (not randomly being born in a herd), Little Soldier is grateful.
Hart-Button chose to send this particular white bull for another reason, too.
He’s quite aggressive and territorial.
She notes he’s something like a guard dog and tends to growl at people who are “not good in spirit.”
She’s sending a protector for herd and family.
Maybe his protective spirit will steady and soothe the ranch and the herd.
Lightning Medicine Cloud’s life was significant and had impact.
Little Soldier was amazed that people from around the world contacted him.
So the little calf raised awareness and sent out a plea for harmony and peace even with his terrible death.
And now that momentous responsibility has been passed to another:
Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy
The White Buffalo Calf born in Connecticut was honored during a Naming Ceremony yesterday on the ranch beneath Mohawk Mountain belong to Peter Fay.
Lakota tribal members from South Dakota gathered with tribal elders from the Mohawk, Nanticoke, Seneca and Cayuga tribes.
Friday elders held a sweat lodge ceremony for two hours – and included Fay, the calf’s guardian.
The ceremony is seen as a way to repair damage to their spirits, minds, and bodies.
Then, after prayers, the calf’s name was given to them through the spirits.
Just before the ceremony Saturday , a huge thunder-clap was heard. Some elders smiled and said the deafening crash was a good sign: it was a cleansing.
The sky was ominous – like the times this calf has been born into.
Guess that’s perfect, then.
The Lakota legend says that white calves are sent from a prophet, the White Buffalo Calf Woman (Whope), who helped the people “endure times of strife and famine.”
Strife? (Big check mark there.)
Famine ? (Heard about the devastated corn crop, drought, and hunger world-wide?)
Many came to observe the ceremony and to bring gifts.
Many are watching from a distance.
All for one little white buffalo calf.
Maybe Lightning Medicine Cloud was sent to get everyone’s attention,
So Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy can deliver the rest of the message?
Modern life is awfully loud sometimes.
Maybe it takes two for the family of man to stop pinching and poking, to listen, and to finally get along.
Can’t seem to stop humming
Buffalo Girl won’t you come out tonight ? Come out tonight. Come out tonight.
Buffalo girl won’t you come out tonight?
And dance by the light of the moon.
Must be sung as in that It’s a Wonderful Life movie with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
A simple tune. A simple harmony.
Wishing that for you, Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy:
A wonderful life.
Would lasso the moon,
Phil, Philosopher of the Hedge
Uncut version of “It’s a Wondeful Life“ here. (Buffalo song is located about 24.05 in video)
About Lightning Medicine Cloud
- Dallas/Ft Worth KDFW. VIDEO. Article. “White Buffalo’s Death remains a Mystery” (News conference video. Calf owner and 3 designated Lakota war chiefs demand authorities move to arrest men responsible.)
- KETR news article: “Lakota Leaders: If Law Enforcement Can’t Bring Justice, We Will”. (Tribal members speak. Photos)
- Capital Press Ag. News, Dallas. article “White Buffalo Bull from Oregon being donated to Texas Ranch.” (A guard buffalo is on the way. Specifically bred white bull – not a genetically spontaneous birth like Lightning Medicine Cloud. )
About Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy in Connecticut
- NPR. “One White Buffalo to Get Sacred Name; Death of Another Still Stirs Anger” (Listen to story. Article)
- A.P. news. “Hundreds Gather in Connecticut to Celebrate Birth of Rare White Buffalo.”. Pictures. article. (Naming Ceremony. Also see ranch owner’s buffy tats.)
- KETR news. VIDEOS. “Connecticut Community Prepares to Honor White Buffalo” ( Videos.Pictures. article. Also hear Arby Little Soldier explain the significance of the White Buffalo Calf.)
- Related post: “White Buffy re-do too?”