The White Buffalo Calf Woman

Two Lakota warriors went hunting in the sacred black hills. As they traveled, they saw a figure in the distance and as they approached, they saw that it was big white buffalo. They saw the big buffalo coming towards them. As it drew nearer, they saw only a beautiful young Indian woman in white buckskin. She had dark hair, skin and eyes. One of the warriors heart was filled with lust for the woman, the second warrior was pure in heart & warned the first that she appeared to be a sacred woman, and to do anything sacrilegious would be dangerous and disrespectful. The first warrior ignored the good advice of the second warrior & he approached the woman & embraced her. Suddenly, a mysterious cloud enveloped the pair. When the cloud disappeared, only the woman and a pile of bones remained. So the second warrior kneeled & began to pray.

When he began to p[ray, the woman told the warrior to go back to his people & tell them she would visit them & bring a sacred bundle. She instructed him to prepare for her arrival. The warrior went back to his people & they did prepare for her coming as instructed.

They say a cloud came down from the sky & a white buffalo stepped onto the ground. Then the buffalo transformed into the woman in the white buckskin dress & she was carrying a bundle. As she entered the sacred circle prepared for her as she instructed, she began to sing sacred songs. She opened her bundle revealing the sacred pipe & 12 eagle feathers. She spent 3 days with the people teaching them the sacred songs, the vision quest, prayer ceremonies & the traditional ways. She told them they would remain caretakers & guardians of the land. She told them if they would keep her words, then the people would never die & would live forever. Then she left the people the same way she appeared. This was a little more than 2000 yrs ago. The people continue to wait for her return.

Cherokee Visions carries several styles of pipes. Our antler bowl pipes are fully functional, as well as the pipe stone pipes. None of our pipes have been blessed. But they were made by genuine Native Americans & come with certificates of authenticity.

HORSE HAIR POTTERY

The ancient Indian tribes made this pottery to honor a favorite horse or to celebrate the birth of a horse. It is said that this pottery was first created when a longhaired maiden was removing hot pottery from her kiln and the wind blew her hair onto the hot pot and burned the hair into the pottery. The pottery is poured, fired for a period of time after which it is removed from the kiln, and hair from the mane and the tail of a horse are draped on the pottery. The hair creates the dark lines and the smoke from the burning hair creates the cloudy grey areas. The pottery is then returned to the kiln where firing is completed. Then the pottery is removed from the kiln, etched and spray-glazed.

Ceramic pottery is beautiful and collectible. Because the potter does not hand build each pot, instead opting for a pot that comes from a mold, there is more time to spend on the etching and painting. Etching and painting techniques have improved over time and the cost of this type of pottery is less than hand built or hand coiled pots.

Each piece of pottery comes with a certificate of authenticity, which certifies that a Native American artist has handcrafted the pottery. Several potters create our horsehair pottery in Arizona and New Mexico.