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Buffalo Skies

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The star blanket lit up the sky and the elders saw and prayed to their ancestors. They cried out for answers. "Why are we left here to starve? What has happened to Tatanka Oyasin (the Buffalo Nation)?" The scouts had traveled very far to search for the once huge herds of buffalo. All of the hunters returned only to report of the same mystery. After many weeks, their greatest hunter set out to find the answer to the mystery. His name was Fire Deer.

Fire Deer traveled for many days. Eventually he came across the massive buffalo stampede tracks that plowed deep into the black soil on the grassy plains. He followed them all the way into the mountains to the West. From there, the tracks headed to the pure North. It was up north where he noticed that they went straight up the mountain side. The mountain was the largest and the steepest one around. He labored his way all the way to the top of the mountain, expecting to see the great herd. At the top he found nothing but the end of the tracks. But the buffalo trail did not end, instead it changed from the churned up earth to a flowing river of light in the night sky. Fire Deer returned to tell of his story to the elders.

The elders announced that the Buffalo were saved from the destruction of the children from overseas. They now live closer to our ancestors in the sky. If you travel up north, you may see them there in a great stampede of colors in the sky. One day, when the Nations of people can live with the all the animals in harmony, all of the Buffalo Nation elders, who miss the Earth, shall return.

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