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Native American Legends: White Buffalo Calf Woman (Ptesan-Wi)

Name: White Buffalo Calf Woman
Tribal affiliation: Lakota and Dakota tribes
Also known as: White Buffalo Woman, Buffalo Calf Woman, White Buffalo Cow Woman, White Buffalo Calf Maiden
Native names: Ptesan-Wi, Ptesanwi, Ptesanwin
Pronunciation: ptay-sahn-ween
Type: Native American goddess, culture hero, buffalo spirit
Related figures in other tribes: Poia (Blackfoot), Lone Man (Mandan), Gluskap (Wabanaki)

White Buffalo Calf Woman is one of the most important Sioux mythological figures. She brought the sacred pipe to the Sioux people, and taught them many of the arts of civilization.

White Buffalo Woman Stories

*White Buffalo Calf Woman Brings the First Pipe:
    Lakota legend about White Buffalo Woman and the origin of the peace pipe.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Sons of the Wind:
    Good collection of Sioux legends told by a Lakota author.

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Additional Resources

 Singing for a Spirit
 Lakota mythology
 Lakota Sioux language
 Lakota pronunciation
 South Dakota Native Americans
 The Plains Indians
 Sioux language family



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