|“||Shadow, what do you believe?||”|
–The Buffalo, Come to Jesus
The White Buffalo, also known as the Buffalo Man or Buffalo Woman, has the head of a buffalo. He is a personification of the physical land.
Shadow falls asleep and dreams of the place were he is surrounded by human bones and dead trees. He walks toward the middle where there is one massive, dead tree. He sees a white buffalo approaching him with its eyes aflame. As he backs away, the buffalo tells him to "believe" and Shadow wakes up.
Shadow frequently encounters the Buffalo Man in his dreams. Shadow dreams that he is deep below the earth in a primordial cave, talking to the Buffalo across a campfire and can hear the Buffalo's words, but the Buffalo's mouth does not move when he speaks. In these dreams, he often gives Shadow advice or leaves him with a question to ponder, such as "What are gods?" He is often accompanied by Whiskey Jack. Near the end of the story, Shadow comes across him and directly asks who he is. The Buffalo replies, "I am the land."
Samantha Black Crow has also encountered a female version of the Buffalo in her dreams.
Notes and trivia Edit
- The American Bison is considered sacred to several Native American religions.
- In the series, Ian McShane is the voice of the Buffalo
- In the series Sam has not been introduced and the buffalo only interacts with shadow in his dreams
- In "The Bone Orchard," the Buffalo communes with Shadow without moving his mouth, indicating telepathy
- He is also seen doing this in "Come to Jesus."