We must honor the buffalo! We are buffalo people.
Many days passed before the joy of that day settled deeply into my heart and I could move forward to thinking on the realities of the present situation of the buffalo on our People.
The senseless slaughter of 60 million buffalo brought the herds to the point of extinction. We must honor the buffalo! We are buffalo people. »»
We are all one family: Buffalo and Native Americans
As we completed our prayers, we all sat there with the buffalo herd in silence. The buffalo had been making their low, gentle calls back and forth to each other during the entire time we had been praying and singing for and with them. Yet at the end of the prayers, we all, as one family, sat in peace and silence together.
Slowly the real world began to slip back into the moment and the sounds of bustling tourists and cars crept back into the present. And then, as is most often the case with our Native relatives, the laughter began. Gentle teasing and loving laughter went back and forth between us all and we slowly began our journey back to the parking area. We are all one family: Buffalo and Native Americans »»
What the buffalo mean to Native Americans (our people)
One breath at a time and one second at a time adds together to a life well lived or one filled with sadness at missed opportunities to make the world a better place. On this September day there was peace, prayers, songs and the drum joining together with the buffalo and humans in a meadow where time seemed to stand still. What the buffalo mean to Native Americans (our people) »»
Pray for the Buffalo
In September 2007, there were six devoted people who did not forget the buffalo. Though the day was cold and the sky filled with snow, the journey began into the heart of Yellowstone in search of our beloved buffalo.
Three men and three women began the day amidst the traffic, stopping at gas stations, passing through forest ranger stations and dealing with the congestion of Yellowstone Park visitors to arrive at the place where one of the buffalo herds was gathered. Pray for the Buffalo »»
A Day with the Buffalo and the Elders
In beginning this story, let us all back up and take time to learn about the buffalo and why they are sacred to the Native people.
As is our tradition, listening to the oral history from a trusted Elder is how we learn our history and deepen our respect for our culture and the legacy of those who have come before.
I am honored to share this story as told by Scott Frazier, Santee/Crow, as told to him by his Grandfather. A Day with the Buffalo and the Elders »»