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A white buffalo or white bison is an American bison possessing white fur, and is considered sacred or spiritually significant in several Native American religions; therefore, such buffalo are often visited for prayer and other religious rituals.

TikTok user jesus_86 posted a now viral video of a white bison rumbling down a snowy pathway and it’s truly just an incredible sight. The original video has garnered nearly 2.5 million views.

White buffalo are extremely rare; the National Bison Association has estimated that they only occur naturally in approximately one out of every 10 million births, although selective breeding has led to higher birthrates.

The white buffalo is a sacred sign in Lakota and other Plains Indians religions. Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the current keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe.

The story of the pipe is that,

"Nineteen generations ago the beautiful spirit we now refer to as White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the Sacred C’anupa (Sacred Pipe) to our People. She taught the People the Seven Sacred Rites and how to walk on Mother Earth in a sacred manner. Pte-san win-yan. As she left, she turned into a young beautiful white buffalo and then she walked over the hill and out of sight. This is where she received her name, White Buffalo Calf Woman. She gifted us with the Seven Sacred Rites that still sustain our People today. — Chief Arvol Looking Horse

The story is also a prophecy. White Buffalo Calf Woman told the people that she would return in the form of a white buffalo calf and that it would be both a blessing and a warning. When the white animal shows its sacred color there will be great changes upon the earth. The births in the early 1990s and 2000s of white buffalo calves were seen by indigenous Americans to be worrying portents. Arvol and many others interpret those changes to mean the current ecological crises taking place. If spiritual unity and harmony with the earth is achieved humanity will be blessed.

There is also an ancient legend of the white Buffalo that portrays a young boy lost in the snow who gets taken in by the buffalos of the north. There he learned the ways of the buffalos and eventually gained powers and abilities that are beyond human abilities. He would also be lead astray and gain a desire to go south; and in that time he is to be struck by lightning and this is to change him. The white noble buffalo would gain a hatred at the near mention of Buffalo and claim he only stayed a short time also claiming he was born and raised in Florida instead. But fret not for the ancient tale also reveals that a good friend will remind him of his true origin until the time is set for him to return to his people in Buffalo and take his final glorious form of the white Buffalo

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