Legend of the White Buffalo Calf Woman
"Return Of the Sacred Feminine"
I was so happy to meet my newest customer on Etsy. She shared her beautiful spirit and how she connected to my Kachina painting.
You can read about her story here. http://theartwithaheart.blogspot.com/2013/06/this-painting-tells-many-spiritual.html
She also encouraged me to paint the White Buffalo Woman. I was intrigued by her suggestion because I had heard about her but I really didn't know the story. My spiritual friend Donna thought it would be really cool too. So I set out to explore the information I could find online so I could learn all about her. I came across this wonderful youtube video from a Sioux Chief. He gave a deeper tribal meaning than I had read from other sites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq8AGMgZqm0
I was very, very intrigued by this new information. I have always felt a connection to Sirius and Pleiades as well as Native Americans. After watching this video I knew I wanted to show Ptesan Wi in the sky with the stars.
While painting Ptesan Wi I listened to this wonderful music by Estun Bah (click here to see their fb page.)
The video below is a sample of their music along with a slide show video I made of my spiritual trip to Sedona where I met these Native American musicians on 10/10/10.
This is one of my favorite songs from their CD.
Here is her story as told by Wikipedia, "The traditional story is that, long ago, there was a time of famine. The chief of the Lakotas sent out two scouts to hunt for food. As the young men travelled they saw a figure in the distance. As they approached they saw that it was a beautiful young woman in white clothing. One of the men was filled with desire for the woman. He approached her, telling his companion he would attempt to embrace the woman, and if he found her pleasing, he would claim her as a wife. His companion warned him that she appeared to be a sacred woman, and to do anything sacrilegious would be folly. The man ignored the other's advice.
The companion watched as the other approached and embraced the woman, during which time a white cloud enveloped the pair. After a while, the cloud disappeared and only the mysterious woman and a pile of bones remained. The remaining man was frightened, and began to draw his bow, but the woman beckoned him forward, telling him that no harm would come to him. As the woman spoke Lakota, the young man decided she was one of his people, and came forward. When he arrived, she pointed to a spot on the ground where the other scout's bare bones lay. She explained that the Crazy Buffalo had compelled the man to desire her, and she had annihilated him.
The man became even more frightened and again menaced her with his bow. At this time, the woman explained that she was wakan/holy and his weapons could not harm her. She further explained that if he did as she instructed, no harm would befall him and that his tribe would become more prosperous. The scout promised to do what she instructed, and was told to return to his encampment, call the Council and prepare a feast for her arrival.
The woman's name was PtesanWi which translated White Buffalo Calf Woman. She taught the Lakotas seven sacred rituals and gave them the chanunpa or sacred pipe which is the holiest of all worship symbols. After teaching the people and giving them her gifts, PtesanWi left them promising to return."