Buffalo Symbolism

Eliminate your burdens by directing your energy in a balanced way.

If Buffalo has come stampeding into your life;

Buffalo is a reminder that you are always provided for and that your attitude towards abundance influences the rest of this planet. It is knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred and when gratitude is expressed to every part of creation. Buffalo symbolism is prayer, gratitude and praise. Praying for the needs of all creatures, for harmony and giving praise for the gifts you have already received.

If Buffalo is your Animal Totem;

You must walk a sacred path, honoring every aspect of life. You will achieve nothing without the aid of the Spiritual Realms and you must be humble enough to ask for assistance and then be grateful for those gifts. A Buffalo totem will seek to help you establish a deep connection to the Earth and it will ask you to help the endangered species of our planet. He will bring you strength of character and an independent spirit. It is the totem of abundance. Do not push or force, but simply follow the easiest path.

If Buffalo has come to your Dreams;

It is a symbol of survival, strength, and power. The dream may also be a caution that you are deviating from your life path and goals. Alternatively, the dream can represent your heritage and your roots. In particular, if you see a white buffalo in your dream, then it means that your desires or wishes will be fulfilled.

To see an injured or killed buffalo, forewarns that you need to carefully think through any new ventures and projects that you are undertaking.

To see a herd of buffalo in your dream signifies tranquility and abundance.

Additional Associations for Buffalo:


  • Tsitekeriyakon, Buffalo speaks again that we always have everything that we need. We so easily and so often mistake what we want with what we need. We are never going to have everything that we want, because it is built in to human nature to want more than we have at any given moment. But Tsitekeriyakon reminds us that our needs are always provided to, even if our desires can never truly be satisfied. Buffalo speaks of the generosity of Spirit that comes when you know that you have all that you need and so are willing to share with others, Our desires, our appetites are selfish and greedy. But our Spirits are much larger and more generous than our ever hungry bodies. Our Spirits, our Souls and our Hearts seek to open ourselves up to the vast universe. Tsitekeriyakon is the Spirit of our generous Hearts and lives in the simplicity of the moment, not in the fear of selfishness of anticipation. Be here. Be now. Be as mighty and as generous as Tsitekeriyakon is, because she is never wanting.

  • Tsitekeriyakon, Buffalo, with his great and powerful shoulders and mighty breath reminds me once again that, however it might appear I always have more than enough of what I need, and that I should share what I have with others rather than hoard and cling to it. My Grandmother, my Memaire, liked to say “When you’re in doubt, do something for somebody else. Give something away.”. Coming today in conjunction with Hunter of Vision, on a week that has been a challenge in that it feels like I’ve lived a life filled with far too much loss for one person, Tsitekeriyakon seems to remind me that I should be grateful for the wonderful souls that have crossed my path and that it is time for me to carry this loss once again, because I can and because I should. My heart has always been strong and my back has always been strong. I can carry what I am given. And I am truly grateful that so many bright souls have touched my life. I have been given so much. Some of it has been taken from me. Some of it has been lost to me. More will be lost. And still I will have had so much and I will have so much to offer. I may not always See this clearly. But I will be reminded if I am willing to listen. Thank you, Tsitekeriyakon. Niawen’kó:wa. And Thank you too to all those who have allowed me to be a small part of their lives.

  • Tsitekeriyakon, Buffalo, coming on the weekend of the Canadian Thanksgiving reminds me that we always have more than we need, even when we do not think that it is so. I often joke that Thanksgiving is not exactly a holiday on the Reservation, that when I was growing up it was seen more as “Why did we feed them, day.”. But giving to others, sharing in the abundance of the earth, even when the result might turn out very badly for us, enlarges us and makes us fully human beings. We do not give in order to improve ourselves, but to improve the lives of others. It is not the reward, or even the punishment that matters. It is that we give, we share no matter what the result might be. Because that is how the earth, how the universe gives to us. We live our lives as if outcomes are the point, but there is so much more to being alive than mere outcomes. Today can only be today if we allow it to be. If we treasure it as today, not as the result of our yesterdays or the addition to our tomorrows. Tsitekeriyakon reminds me that my life is filled with an abundance of gifts, even when I do not see it as so, and that it is the sharing of those gifts that makes the difference between being alive and merely surviving.

  • Lately I have been going through a ruff time. I have singing the scared songs and praying every morning and night; fasting 4 days every month, but today during my afternoon prayer/meditation I had the strangest thing happen…I need someone to help me understand what I saw… I am away from those that can help, for I do practice Shamanistic … I have always had the 1st sight since I was a child and a White Wolf always goes with in my dream walks… But today during that walk this time A Hugh White Buffalo with a Beautiful dressed in white with long Black hair… Not Blue Black…Reddish Black , rode up to me and reached out, took my hand and said “Your Jounry has just begun. Don’t be afraid, for this will pass and you will be strong!!” Then She said my Native name and told me wake up ….. I only one woman like this , but what I don’t understand is some of the other stuff that was said and shown to me… This isn’t the place to speak… So I guess I am asking if someone can email me and let me who I can speak with about this?

    • The most important right now is that you write down everything about that dream every detail it will come the time when you’ll need it and understand it. Dreams usually come very early before we need them but when the time comes we think we will remember but we have forgot the details. I too have dreamed with a white buffallo. All the best, Rita

  • I had a dream last night like I was in the old western days.. and this white buffalo was chasing this bully because the bully was after me and then the white buffalo would come up to me let me pet it and then go back chasing him then he try to run up towards me the guy so the Buffalo came up camp let me pet him and start chasing him again. what’s that mean.

  • Tsitekeriyakon, Buffalo is not a common Haudenosaunee symbol, although the word refers specifically to the woodland buffalo. It is a strong symbol that you have what you need and you are provided for, something that we need to be reminded of. We always want more and we always confuse what we want and what we actually need.

  • I was told by a Navajo Shaman while in Sedona Arizona that my spirit animal was very rare – the White Buffalo
    Can you tell me a little bit more about that, or actually I’d love to hear everything there is to know. Many thanks!

  • I had a dream where a person from my past (who was controlling and a very negative influence in my life) was standing in front of me. I was holding a gun on him and there was a white buffalo calf that appeared next to the man and I said to him, “this buffalo calf is more important that your life, and for it to live, you must die”. The man began walking toward me, menacing, even though I was still holding a gun to him. The calf was staring at me and I began to hear it’s words, “tell him…’I AM the ONE…the original Ma of the world…you cannot harm me.’ This is your destiny.” Then, I became very powerful and I felt as though I became who the buffalo calf said I am. I woke briefly, and needed a drink of water. I laid back down with the intention to continue the dream, and as I dreamt, I was still this Ma. Magical and all-knowing.

    I have been on a spiritual journey for many years and knew this already, that I am Ma, but the white buffalo coming to me in my dream was so beautiful (one of my spiritual gifts is prophetic dreaming and I have not had one in a few months). This is not the first time that a white buffalo calf has come to me in my dreams with a powerful message. Perhaps this is my animal totem? Any ideas?

  • I had a dream where a person from my past (who was controlling and a very negative influence in my life) was standing in front of me. I was holding a gun on him and there was a white buffalo calf that appeared next to the man and I said to him, “this buffalo calf is more important that your life, and for it to live, you must die”. The man began walking toward me, menacing, even though I was still holding a gun to him. The calf was staring at me and I began to hear it’s words, “tell him…’I AM the ONE…the original Ma of the world…you cannot harm me.’ This is your destiny.” Then, I became very powerful and I felt as though I became who the buffalo calf said I am. I woke briefly, and needed a drink of water. I laid back down with the intention to continue the dream, and as I dreamt, I was still this Ma. Magical and all-knowing.

    I have been on a spiritual journey for many years and knew this already, that I am Ma, but the white buffalo coming to me in my dream was so beautiful (one of my spiritual gifts is prophetic dreaming and I have not had one in a few months). This is not the first time that a white buffalo calf has come to me in my dreams with a powerful message. Perhaps this is my animal totem?

  • I have a kneeling praying figure facing abuffalo who is running towards them. Not frightening or threatening, just spiritual. Any thoughts on meaning?

  • In my dream I was in a large metal cage with another young women whom I don’t know of in real life. We crawled up the sides of the cage because a herd of buffalo had entered the cage. As we hung from the tops I was scared to put my weight on them in fear of spooking the buffalo: my arms were getting tired of hanging onto the cage. At this point I forgot about the lady that was with me. Me was only focusing on the herd. I finally laid my weight on them all evenly as if I was laying on a mattress. The buffalo had slowly and carefully carried me out of the cage and I was overwhelmed with happiness. They were all full grown adult buffalo in this herd. No white buffalo. What could this mean?

    • Whe you understand yourself as receiving abundance for your community rather than for yourself alone you will find the fear removed, and you will move forward joyfully.

  • I had a dream where I was sitting at edge of woods a heard of buffalo where grazing in a field a white buffalo came to me nuzzled my neck and face then lay down with his head in my lap and just layed there while I petted him. I would really like to understand what the meant. I have had the dream severale nights.. Can you help explain it.

    • My grandfather gave me the name White Buffalo in a peyote meeting. i accepted the medicine at a very young age. I dont have dreams, i have visions. Of decades and centuries past and future. Ive seen rivers run black, and animals fall out of the sky. Ive seen animals run together in heards as one family, drinking from a bodies water together. Ive seen a spirit world where my childhood remains and which the White Buffalo entered me and now walks beside me. Not behind me nor in front but beside me as a brother, as a friend, and a mentality as one. One cant explain everyone dreams just by talking. If you seek answers you have to follow the light and the prayers, not a person who reads stories that have been altered throught time for there likings and where its bondable and makes sense. Its giving to you in your dream to not make sense. Its giving to you to have a journey to find this answer. Look to the east, south , west, then the north. Make it all the way around and thank the creator the animals for what we have and we are given. Everything could be explained. Everything has a reason.

    • You already know what it means, because you live in the place where the bright field and dark forest meet, and are connected to the white buffalo.

  • Recently i had a dreem where one young baby black buffalo(how hv some rope in his nose)get angry on me nd he’s chasing me with anger n goning to hit me but someone(i can’t see his face) were stop the buffalo nd i was running from their yo save my self…i was save my self but the baffolo continues saw me nd cheasing with anger…plz tell me what does it mean…i’m very afraid plz….

  • A brown Buffalo was walking by with her white young. I said oh how cute, which the sound of my voice caused her to charge at me. She stopped at my face I wasn’t scared, I touched her face with my finger, I said be gone, she ran away but before she could be out of sight , she turned around and charged again, stopped at face to face.
    I touched face again and said be gone and leave me two of her young. She gave me her two calves which were pure white. Me and the buffalo were at peace with each other when she left.

  • I had a dream of my family n me are at a park. Suddenly a brown colored bison passes by and I shoo away it. Another bison comes to attack me and my mother comes in front to save me. In this process she also holds the bison breath to tame it. What does it mean? Pls help

  • I dreamt that my parents and i were in the back yard and a stamppeed of Buffalo ran threw. One buffalo charged my dad. My dad magically pulled a small caliber rifle and shot at it. The Buffalo knocked him to the ground. My mom then tried to distract the buffalo to get it away from my dad. I ran to get my dads gun. I picked it up just in time to see the buffalo rear and try to come down on my mother. It appeared that my mom may have been trying to sooth it and calm it down. My mom was in the way of my shot and my dad yelled to take it anyway. I aimed closed my eyes and pulled the trigger. I hit the animal right between the eyes and it was over. I woke up knowing i didnt hit my mom but not if the animal lived. What do you think this means?

  • I had a dream i was in a town of the old western days and i was walking the streets . There was an old woman in black with a cane. I avoided being beside her . Not out of fear. It was as if i knew herbut kept my distance . 3 brown buffalos came herding in front of me. One turnd and looked at me. I advanced toward him yet kept my distance knowing it was an animal . Yet i could distincltly remember his wild eye. I was not in fear bit shear amazement of my moment. This dream repeated three times. The heard would run in front of mee and stop some distance in front of me.

  • Hai,
    I have a poor English so plzzz try to understand my English…
    I had a dream last night… I saw a black wild buffalo in my dream…
    first That buffalo chasing me with angry and destroying everything (door,windows,walls,bus) and I’m running fast then that buffalo and I’m hiding but that buffalo finding me again and chasing me again and again…
    it’s very scary…
    and afterwards that buffalo is saving me from other people and their pets it’s helping me… plzzzzz tell me first why that buffalo chasing me with angry and afterwards why it’s helping me to survive… what dose this dream meant…? what message that buffalois giving to me….???? Plzzzzz tell me soon….

      • I believe that buffalo was trying to warn you about someone close to you has not been truthful. I think he ran after you so much is because it is important for you to know. Then afterwards he was showing you that he would be with you through your coming trials. Just call on him when you need help

      • Ann that is an incredible response to this dream. I had a dream recently where my mother and I(she has been dead for 10 years after cancer over took her entire body and it had to be laid to rest) Her and I were in buffalo land. it wasn’t quite a buffalo, it was almost like a wooly mammoth buffalo and there were a herd. One was charging near us, not toward us. My mother grabbed our machete, jumped with swift accuracy onto the top of the buffalo, sliced its head of in a warrioress display of power and beauty. I ran to the side of the buffalo with my arms out stretched to help hold the buffalo head. As I held it she put her hands powerfully at the top of the head and peeled it open like a pomegranate. I felt the heat and saw steam rise from its brain. She put forth the exposed brain offering it to me to eat. I took a hot steamy bite and it tasted warm like rich sweet butter. I felt so nourished and honored.

  • When traveing through Janesville, Wisconsin during when a white buffalo was found, I had a clear lucid dream that I went there and a ircle was formed and the spirit gaurdian of the white buffalo was to be ackknowledged. I was surprised that I was picked and that everyone gathered around me and danced. I woke up before I was tod what that entailed.

  • I had a dream of a white bufflo standing by a house jus watchin me the turned around and walked off i followed it around the house but when i got around the house the bufflo change in to a black panther that jus looked at me and keeped walking i jus stood then watching it then i woke up does any1 no what this means

  • In my dream I saw that many people are in any building anda group of buffaloes enter there and went I’m a room one men beat them then they run fast toward me n my brother and they can hit him so I pull my brother towards me to save him
    What’s that mean?

  • I had a dream that a buffalo followed me home and was living in my house it was very friendly and at one stage was in my bath having a bubble bath. Any help on what this means would be very helpful

  • I had a dream that i was in temple that time one buffalo entered into temple and chasing me inside the temple.finally its licking me in my face and went. What is mean..plz any one answer me

  • I dreamt of a cave. All kinds of drawings, the one that stood out most was the buffalo. I saw on the other side of the cave, tons of Native Americans in tiers. Going up or down. That’s all. But very intriguing to say the least.

  • I dreamed of a big horse, the size of the buffalo. And a big buffalo. They were tied together with reins of their bridle’s. They were coming towards me, and they split apart. The horse, i think became my pet, but the buffalo folloed me every where and put his nose in everything i did. I think the last thing i did was open a drawer , and he put his nose in it to see what i was looking for or at, and then i woke up. It was so strong and real.

  • i had a dream where I heard a roaring thunderous something going between my house and the fence. I got out of bed, went to the patio and saw a huge buffalo right beside my patio door. I tried to hide around the door so she wouldn’t see me because I was fearful that if she saw me she would charge through the window and kill me. When I peered around the corner, She seemed pushed back from the glass door so I snuck a look at her. She was pressed against the fence, only one eye looking toward me, frozen like a statue, so much fear in her eye. I knew immediately, that she was more afraid of me than I of her. I woke up.

  • Buffalo Dream 6/10 or 6/11 2015

    I recently had this dream: I am walking down a wooded section of the bike/walking trail in my area, it is night and dark but the clouds have a reddish glow. As I walk I hear a deep grunting sound coming from the trees behind me to my right. I think it might be buck and turn around to face it. Branches start to crack, and suddenly there is a huge dark form, I think now it’s a bear and I’m frozen in place. It steps closer to the trail and I notice the legs are much too thin to be a bear but the body and head are too massive for a buck – I realize it is a buffalo. In an instant it has crossed the trail to me, head lowered to the right of my face – we are almost eye to eye, I feel the rough hair against my cheek, I feel the warmth of his breath. I turn slightly and his eye is staring into mine. At that moment I feel such a sense of peacefulness, no fear. Yet one tear slowly starts rolling down my cheek.
    And then I gasp in awe, and sit up in bed-I feel as if my life just changed/shifted

  • Lots of things were happening in my dream but at the final part of the dream, I heard something snort(growl) not sure make a noise thought it was a cougar. When it turned around it was a water buffalo it seen me and started towards me. Not really frightened but I went towards the trees because I knew it was to large to fit through the trees to get me if that was what it wanted. I look up this slender pine tree thinking I can’t call for help because I don’t have a phone with me, then thinking I will climb this skinny tree and just hang out. Then woke up nothing, weird. I have dreams like these many times a week this is one that will stick with me.

  • I had a dream about a buffalo but it was on a calendar,the buffalo itself was brown and I was shown 2 numbers on this calender ,”5-8″…nothing else,just the buffalo and those numbers,I don’t understand it,so I hope someone can help me….thank you…oh and this happened on april,24 2015…last night..thank you

    • Hello Elvia: It means that your financial situation is changing for the better. You will be receiving a windfall of some sort shortly.

  • I had a dream where I was trying to help out one of my childhood idols from self destruction and family loss. When he didn’t heed my warnings I left him to his fate and walked away, then suddenly was riding a buffalo at incredible speed yet with complete control. Afterward I got off the buffalo and seen he was at complete happiness with me and my control over him. My idol returned with a new found view on life and thanked me for my decision to help him. Then I woke up. Does anyone have feed back into this dream?

  • I dreamt that a white buffalo was chasing me. When he came to me he was very gentle fluffy and unharmful; however as he approached me a horse charged after the Buffalo to protect me. what does this mean?

    • Hallo Miss Jones, the white buffalo represents your Inner Higher Self, the horse represents your objective consciousness, your daily awareness. If you follow your intuïtion, coming from your Higher Self, it will lead you to a wonderfull life. It is always difficult to just accept what your intuïtion is pointing out to you, try not to reason about it objectively, just trust your Self and follow thru whit it.


      Thomas Rührup, The Hague, Netherlands.

  • I dreamt that my friend owned a tamed heard of buffalo. They huge but very friendly. He even carried a baby on his chest. BUT when it was time to eat.. We were having buffalo. No, I did not see it being killed. I knew that eating buffalo was a delicacy and I ate being very mindful of the hard work and love my friend put into his heard.

  • My dream entailed watching a parade as if in honor of Native Americans and there were many buffalo in the parade I was watching it from the window of a very old home that I used to live in. It was a powerful sight to me.

    • The Buffalo represents tranquility and abundance beginning to flow into your life. They are also a manifestation or sign of progress of an attained level of Spiritual growth. The recognition of abundance lets you know you are on the right path.

  • I dreamnt i wS running to get around and in front of a heard of buffalo but I noticed there was some wolves chasing the heard. Do I jumped a guard rail to get out of the way but the wolf jumped it too. Then it attacked me & bit my forarm. I slung it off & ran to my truck. Weird?

  • Last night I dreamt I was in someone’s kitchen and I was petting a small (waist high) bison. I woke up, went back to sleep and dreamt it again.

    • I had a reoccurring dream of this small buffalo. as a small child. seeing myself wake up abruptly but still dreaming. I associated that buffalo with the sound of my heart beat in the pillow at night for some years

  • Recently I had a dream where I was riding my bike along the countryside and a herd of buffalo came running toward me, they were too fast for me to get away so I stayed where I was at and some of them went up a hill behind me and one came face to face with me and then ran away. A cougar came out of nowhere and was chasing them lol

  • I had a dream where one red and one white baby buffalo wandered into my back yard. I was awed and an overflowing sense of peace and love filled my heart. I felt so blessed by their presence. A knock came at my front door and it was the police wanting to capture the buffalo. I became fearful for the animals, that the police wanted to cage or kill them. I brought them in my home while blocking the officer from entering my home and denying that I had seen them. It was both an amazingly beautiful dream and at the same time fearful for the beautiful buffalo, which felt like visits from a great spirit.

  • I just dreamt a black bison.The surface of that bison is looks very shiny just like a dolphin,it was on a drain-like small river.I passed the drain and I dropped my right sandal,couldn’t find it.Somehow that bison pooped at the same spot twice,ai dare not go near to get it.That bison like me very much and keeps liking me although I am little nervous,I can’t really remember if there is anyone I saw in dream.

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