Saturday, June 25, 2022
June 25, 2022

Linkedin Pinterest

Central Ore. home to unusual white buffalo herd

The Columbian
Published:

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Pendleton Woolen Mills is making new Navajo-style medicine blankets using wool and blended hair shed by an unusual herd of white buffalo in central Oregon.

Ranching experts say fewer than 50 white buffalo, or American bison, live in the U.S.

On a sanctuary east of Bend, 11 of them roam acres of isolated juniper forest under the care of Cynthia Hart-Button and her husband, Charles Button.

Buffalo usually are black or brown. White buffalo are produced when recessive genes trigger the unusual trait. Some Native American tribes consider them sacred.

The Pendleton company hopes to make up to 200 of the blankets in the coming year.

___

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

Support local journalism

Your tax-deductible donation to The Columbian’s Community Funded Journalism program will contribute to better local reporting on key issues, including homelessness, housing, transportation and the environment. Reporters will focus on narrative, investigative and data-driven storytelling.

Local journalism needs your help. It’s an essential part of a healthy community and a healthy democracy.

Community Funded Journalism logo
Loading...