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white buffalo woman - Animals/Nature

Origin of the Peace Pipe Ceremony

"White Buffalo Woman"
from the Lakota ppl

Long ago two young Lakota were chosen by their band to scout out some buffalo for hunting. As they travelled on horseback they saw a figure in the distance.
Always prepared for an enemy they took cover in some brush.
When the figure was close enough they realized it was a woman.
On her left arm she carried what looked like a stick in a bundle of sage.
She was the most beautiful woman the young men had ever seen, so they began to quietly argue who would have her.
One of the men ran up to the woman and grabbed her hand as if to claim her, as he did this a small tornadoe formed over him and a cloud of mist covered them both.
The other young man watched in fear as the cloud of mist lifted to reveal the woman but his friend was now just a pile of dust and bone at her feet.
He stood still in wonder and awe then she spoke to him," i am on a journey to see your ppl, especially the good man named Bull Walking Upright.
Go ahead of me and tell ur ppl to prepare, pitch their tents in a circle with an opening facing the north. In the center, build a large tepee, also facing north, and there i will come and meet with Bull Walking Upright."
The young man made sure her every direction was followed precisely.
When she reached the camp she removed the gift from the sage she used to carry the gift and gave it to Bull Walking Upright.
It was a small pipe made of red stone with a small outline carving of a buffalo calf.
She taught him the prayers to use while smoking the pipe.
"When you are hungry, lay the pipe to the north and buffalo will come so you can hunt them easily. This way man, woman and child will be happy."
She taught them all how to live together peacefully, how to pray to Mother Earth,
and even how to dress themselves for ceremonies. (what we call "regalia")
"The earth is your mother," she explained, "so you will dress in black and red, brown and white, these are also colors of the buffalo."
"Above all this is a peace pipe and will be used before every ceremony and before signing treaties, it will bring peaceful thoughts.
As long as you use this pipe when you pray to the Great One and Mother Earth, then you will receive all you ask for and your ppl will remain happy.
However, if your ppl stop using the pipe they will perish."
As the woman finished her teachings she left the sacred circle and at the opening lay on the ground. First she arose as a jet black buffalo. She laid down again then arose as red buffalo, the third time a brown buffalo and finally the fourth time she rose up she was a pristine white buffalo.
She walked off into the northern horizon and the peace pipe ceremony is still done to this day.

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