Spiritual symbol

Assiniboine Park Zoo presents white bison calf to Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.

“For me, [this] signifies a new beginning,” said Chief Donna Elk. “I think that’s the easiest way to put it — to have this day to look back on and to remember, to say to our children that the white buffalo has come home.”

Elders of the Dakota Nation consider the white bison a strong spiritual and cultural symbol.

Sioux mythology has a female character of supernatural origin referred to as the White Buffalo Calf Woman.

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