White Buffalo Calf Woman (Ptesánwin) inseparately links the Lakota with the bisons. In a legend, she meets two brothers during a famine. As one of them becomes sexually aggressive, White Buffalo Calf Woman kills him. The second brother who now recognizes her as a holy woman, is sent back to the camp to announce her arrival. In the camp, she delivers the seven central rituals of the Lakota. Among them is the holy pipe ceremony: The holy ceremonial pipe (channunpa) whose smoke connects people with "Wakan Tanka", the big mysterious power, is the most important symbol of the Lakota religion.
When she leaves the camp, White Buffalo Calf Woman turns into a bison calf and ends the famine. The obeisance of White Buffalo Calf Woman secures the survival of the Lakota up until today.
Find out more about her story on the poster of Vic Runnels in "POSTED! Reflections of native North America" and under #Posted #Plakatiert!