A rare and sacred creature, the white buffalo, possesses a coat of white fur and holds spiritual significance in several Native American religions. TikTok user jesus_86 shared a viral video of a white buffalo walking down a snowy path, which has garnered nearly 2.5 million views. According to the National Bison Association, white buffalo only occur naturally in one out of every 10 million births, making them extremely rare. The white buffalo is considered a sacred sign in Lakota and other Plains Indians religions, and Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the current keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe.
According to an ancient legend, a young boy lost in the snow is taken in by the buffalos of the north and gains powers beyond human abilities. However, he eventually gains a desire to go south and is struck by lightning, which changes him. The white noble buffalo gains a hatred for his own kind and claims he was born and raised in Florida. A good friend reminds him of his true origin until the time is set for him to return to his people in Buffalo and take his final glorious form of the white Buffalo.
The story of the pipe is also a prophecy. White Buffalo Calf Woman, who brought the Sacred Pipe to the People nineteen generations ago, told them that she would return in the form of a white buffalo calf, which would be both a blessing and a warning. When the white animal shows its sacred color, there will be great changes upon the earth. The births of white buffalo calves in the early 1990s and 2000s were seen by indigenous Americans as worrying portents, and many interpret those changes to mean the current ecological crises taking place. If spiritual unity and harmony with the earth is achieved, humanity will be blessed.