"In Buffalo Culture, tribes followed the seasonal migration. They lived from season to season, watching the horizon for signs of their buffalo, ready for the journey. For these tribes, the American Buffalo represented all that provided vital nourishment and abundance for their way of living." - Wikipedia
Following our buffalo means following our vision.
I have adopted a philosophy of Buffalo Culture in both life and work. Not all Cherokee migrated with the buffalo like the Plains Indians, but the American buffalo is an integral part of the Cherokee culture and an integral part of Oklahoma, both my heritage and my home. Its symbol is a meaningful one for all: it is a symbol of life and abundance. The Proverb says "Where there is no vision, people perish." We were created for life, for each other, for purpose. Watch your horizons, pursue the work that nourishes you and others, and find your abundance. Follow your buffalo.
One day, my mother and I drove down the highway to a bison farm. I had hoped see one along the fence, but only a few were in sight and they were faint specks in the distance. It was cold and rainy, so we nearly turned back. But I decided to brave the obscure dirt road and two zealous dogs all the way down to the ranch house; and as serendipity would have it, I came upon a woman with a long owl-grey braid hanging down her back. After sharing my personal story and my affinity for the American buffalo, I was invited to hop in the ranch truck and go on a personal tour of the place: Instead of seeing just one, I saw herds of these magnificent creatures, in field after field. The truck bounced along, we opened and closed gates, taking unmarked roads through the grass till we found more buffalo. I learned more that day than I'd ever known about them before, and took several film shots that late afternoon; but it was this lone buffalo standing his ground that caught my eye above the rest. He was the unexpected one, the maverick, the last one of the day. This is the fellow I leave on my wall so that I remember this: It's always worth more than we know to pursue our vision, because often serendipity will meet us there.