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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.

Background Edit

In the series, he is a white Buffalo with fire coming out of his eyes. He appears to dwell in Shadow's dream world and gives advice to Shadow, telling him to "believe."

The Bone Orchard Edit

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.

Powers and abilities Edit

  • Prophetic Dreams: The Buffalo visits Shadow in his dreams and communicates with him as seen in "The Bone Orchard" and "Come to Jesus"
  • Telepathy: The Buffalo is able to commune with Shadow in his dreams without moving his mouth.

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[1]
  • In the series Sam has not been introduced and the buffalo only interacts with shadow in his dreams


References Edit

  1. https://twitter.com/BryanFuller/status/851851619180306432

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