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Buffalo Spirit

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Buffalo Spirit

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Strength & Respect

I am a buffalo spirit. Take notice of how strong the human spirit can be. Like you, I have overcome difficult and unfair obstacles in my life. My nation was once a herd of hundreds of thousands. We were almost extinguished to fulfill the needs of others' wealth and greed. Before they came, I gave every part of my body to provide food, clothing and shelter. I was cherished and respected for sharing these gifts. 

Life is not always fair. If you lose faith and fall from the pain, get back up. Each step forward will help you regain your respect and strength. 

Share your teachings and experiences to help others during these times. Sharing your knowledge will let others know that they are not alone. 

A buffalo represents respect and is one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

Michif - buffalo - bufloo

I created the descriptions to reflect parts of each animal's natural ways of being and personified them as if they were speaking to you as guides.

I humbly include and acknowledge the Seven Grandfather Teachings within my art. Maarsii


Bison are often referred to buffalo by Indigenous people in Canada. Upwards of 60 million woodland Bison and the plains bison were almost hunted to extinction by the 1850's. This was to make way for the colonization of the land, we now know as Canada. The plains, grasslands and hills were their natural habitat. Wildlife refuges were created to prevent their extinction. Canada now has several bison farms to produce meat for grocery stores. A buffalo weighs up to 900 kg and can live up to 20 years. Buffalo were once the main source for food, clothing and shelter for Indigenous people and they are reintroducing them on their lands. Many Indigenous people continue to highly respect the buffalo as a key component in ceremonies and spiritual practices,