The Legend of White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman
© Jane Cassidy
Over the prairies, the grass-covered plains, two young
Lakota men go, through the sunshine and the rains, traveling careful, taking
pains, watching for enemy, hunting the buffalo.
Sweep the horizon, watching the sky, into the far distance,
see! Something moving do they spy,
something strange. They wonder why. Something is coming, it must be a Mystery.
Someone was coming, surrounded with Light. Somebody
two-legged. Who? Flowing hair, with eyes so bright, with a
bundle, came in sight. She was so
beautiful. She was no one they knew.
She was so beautiful, she was alone. One young Lakota man said though that woman
was unknown, he would have her for his own. His heart beating lustfully, he went full speed ahead.
Held in her arms with her shawl wrapped around, the man
disappeared in a mist which swirled all around and through 'til the prairie
breezes blew. Dropped from her arms, his
bones then crumbled into dust.
Over the prairies, the grass-covered plains, one young
Lakota man's bones through the sunshine and the rains winds have
scattered. Naught remains of one who
selfishly a Power tried to own.
Looking with awe at Her, respectfully, the other made a
request: "Will You please come home
with me, Woman Power, Mystery. Come
share with my people the wisdom that you know best."
Over the prairies, the grass-covered plains, she bid the
warrior go: "Prepare a lodge to
entertain me while I am in your domain and I will come to you. I've spoken, it is so."
She brought them the Pipe with its bowl of red stone. Wood was the stem. Where they met, twelve Spotted Eagle feathers
sewn. The connection there was shown
with All our Relatives, there through the calumet.
"Now gather, my People, for each step's a prayer on
Grandmother's World we call Earth. All
on Earth, in Sea and Air, in Life's Circle we all share. Pray with this Pipe and remember that All
Over the prairies, the grass-covered plains, the Power Woman
did go. In a wallow she has lain, and
when she got up again, they saw she'd taken the form of White Buffalo.