Legend of White Buffalo Calf Woman


Cannunpa wakan wan oyate wicakahi kin heon,
Tokel econ wicasi kin hena ohinniyan ecunk'onpi kte,
Taku sica kin etanhan yuheyab unyuhapi kta.
Lecel ecunk'onpi kta ohinniyan awauncinpi kte.
Pilamayaye lo, Wakantanka.
The Sacred Pipe she gave to Your people
Will always be used as she did tell,
To keep it away from those of evil
To use it in the light of Wakantanka.
This we will strive to do.
Pilamayaye lo Wakantanka.
~~Lakota Prayer

Because the White Buffalo Calf Woman Legend is passed on as an oral tradition there are many versions of the story. Rather than choose one and call it "The Legend", we are presenting several that have come to us.   There may be others, and as they come to us, we will put them up. Some may seem more logical, or better researched.

   ONLY YOU can decide the one you want to carry in YOUR HEART…

Martha Bad Warrior's version of the Coming of the Pipe, as told in the book "Quest for the pipe of the Sioux: As viewed from Wounded Knee" by Wilbur A Riegert,. As Keeper of the Pipe, it was her responsibility to tell it in the proper manner.

  John Fire Lame Deer's version of the White Buffalo Calf Woman's Bringing of the Sacred Pipe is from "American Indian Myths and Legends", 1980, by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz. John Fire Lame Deer was a Lakota Holy man on the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota; his son Archie carries on his spiritual work.

Marla N. Power's version of the Coming of the Pipe from her book "Oglala Women: Myth, Ritual, and Reality ", 1988. A composite based on contemporary oral tradition as well as the literature.