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BIG MEDICINE TATANKA

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I once read that in 1820 when European settlers were crossing North Dakota, they heard a distant rumble which soon grew to be deafening!!! It would be five days before they could move forward again as the three million Buffalo passed by on their winter migration!

The herds of bison living on the prairie numbered an estimated 90 million strong, yet in only 80 years that number dropped to 300 as they were slaughtered, some taking only their tongues, which were considered a delicacy in "civilized" restaurants.

And with the Tatanka decimated, so went the Native American's way of life. This one animal was their spiritual strength, and provided food, clothing, shelter, and tools needed for survival.

It is said that the Indians reverenced the buffalo, related him directly to the Great Creator, and Holy men who had the buffalo vision were called to practice medicine and commune with this Great Spirit through the buffalo.

When it was time for the buffalo to return from their migration, the plains tribes would sing many different songs which they believed would make the animals come their way. This was also a very spiritual thing and therefore they prayed for the Holy One to send them meat. I once heard of a tribe who would call to a passing raven, cawing just as the bird often does, and this bird would answer, then fly in the direction of the herds.

In closing I would like to say that these animals knew the gift which they provided, and because they were willing to be used for the highest good for mankind, Buffalo did not readily stampede or run from hunters.

Buffalo medicine is a sacred richness of life to be shared in harmony with all creation, all nations, and all life.

Today I bring to you a flute which looks 500 years old. But, don't let this fool you my Friends... The voice is that of the future and this is where you will find YOUR VISION Quest.

Swampfox.

 

 

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