Rare White Buffalo Calf In Greenville, Texas Named Lightning Medicine Cloud

By on Jul 2, 2011 in Animals, United States, World Comments

A rare white buffalo calf was officially named “Lightning Medicine Cloud” in Greenville, Texas, several international news sites reported on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

Lightning Medicine Cloud: A Rare White Buffalo
Lightning Medicine Cloud,
The Rare White Buffalo

Image Credit: AP / LM Otero

According to reports, about 2,000 people came to see the white buffalo during the special naming and dedication ceremony at the Lakota Ranch held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

The rare white buffalo calf was regarded as sacred by the Lakota Sioux, reports said. It was honored with religious songs, Native American prayers and solemn smoking of pipe during the ceremony.

Lakota Sioux tradition said that Whope, the goddess of peace, once appeared in the form of a white buffalo calf.

“It’s the beginning of a new age, new times. The birth of the white buffalo calf, it tells us we need to get right, not just with Mother Nature but with all nations and with the Creator, which is God,” Samuel Joseph Lone Wolf, a Native American elder from Palestine, who played an important role in the ceremony was quoted as saying.

The given name, Lightning Medicine Cloud, was said to be a reference to the thunderstorm that happened during its birth and is also a tribute to white buffalo named Big Medicine born in 1933.

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