Different patinas were used to create Pte'-San (Sacred White Buffalo,
Lakota), pictured above, and Tatanka (Buffalo, Lakota)—bronze castings from the stone carving
of Wakan Tatanka. The Pte'-San and Tatanka bronzes are limited editions of
PTE'-SAN. White buffalo are very rare and highly revered in Native America.
They serve as a symbolic reminder of the physical and spiritual sustenance
that buffalo provide to the people, and signal a link to the Creator. White
Buffalo Calf Woman (Pte'-San Wi) was a powerful spiritual messenger who
brought the Sacred Pipe and other important rituals to the Lakota people.
TATANKA. Buffalo were essential to the lives of Native American peoples of
the plains. They used all parts of the animal for food, clothing and shelter
and honor Tatanka in their songs, prayers and ceremonies. By carving and
casting Tatanka and Pte'-San the artist honors the buffalo, the plains
peoples and the Dakota prairies where he grew up.