MILWAUKEE -- A farm in
Wisconsin is quickly becoming hallowed ground again
for American Indians with the birth of its third
white buffalo, an animal considered sacred by many
tribes for its potential to bring good fortune and
Dave Heider said he was
inspecting damage on his farm after a late August
storm when he saw the newly born buffalo, a male.
His last white buffalo, a
female named Miracle, died in 2004 at the age of 10.
Thousands of people came to see the animal, whose
coat became darker as it aged.
"We took one look at it and
I can't repeat what I thought but I thought, 'Here
we go again,' " Heider said.
This time around Heider
plans to recruit volunteers to handle the visitors
he expects at his farm, called Davalas, in
Janesville, about 70 miles southwest of Milwaukee.
About 50 American Indians
held a drum ceremony at the farm this past weekend
to honor the calf, which has yet to be named, he
said. It is no relation to Miracle, he said.