Large crowds are expected in Goshen, Connecticut, this month for a Native American naming ceremony for a rare white bison recently born to a farm there.
It is believed that white bison, which aren’t albinos, only come along in one in every 10 million births, according to reports, and the event is considered sacred in many Native American cultures.
“They are very rare, and when a white bison is born there is a reason for each one to be here,” White Mouse, a member of the Oglala Lakota people, told the New York Times recently.
What’s even rarer is the calf, which is temporarily named Tatanka Ska, or “White Buffalo” in Sioux, was born on a small farm in Connecticut that’s only been around for four years, as most bison are born and raised out west, according to Fox News.
Peter Fay, who owns the Connecticut farm, told Fox News recently that Sioux Nation elders contacted him after the birth to let him know they had held a ceremony praying for its birth.
“It usually happens three days after the ceremony, which was exactly when it was [born],” Fay told Fox News Connecticut.
DNA tests are currently being run to ensure that the bison’s bloodline is pure and it isn’t mixed with cattle, but Fay told Fox News that he’s confident about the bison’s bloodline.
He also said that Tatanka Ska will never be slaughtered for meat like the other bison he owns.
“He’s one in 10 million,” he told the news organization. “I don’t think we’ll make a hamburger out of him.”