White Buffalo Blanket
A limited series, available exclusively through the alliance, is produced once a year and woven from the annual shed of the Oregon herd.
Born when recessive genes trigger the unusual color trait, the white buffalo is so rare that many Native American tribes consider it sacred. Estimated to number fewer than 50 in the United States, 14 of these rare bison — three of which were just born in May — live together on a private sanctuary in Central Oregon, where they roam the open pastures of a 280-acre ranch operated by the Sacred World Peace Alliance. As a fundraiser to help house and feed the herd, the alliance worked with Pendleton Woolen Mills to design the Hiawatha Big Medicine blanket. A limited series, available exclusively through the alliance, is produced once a year and woven from the annual shed of the Oregon herd. The second series of blankets was released in March, and while the limited edition of 200 is selling quickly, the alliance has already made plans for a third ($520). Also available are six of the 11 special collector’s edition blankets, each bearing the name of one of the original 11 white buffalo ($5,250).
FYI: 888.401.5066, www.sacredworldpeacechurch.com.