Two young men were out strolling one night talking of love affairs.

They passed around a hill and came to a little ravine or coulee.

Suddenly they saw coming up from the ravine a beautiful woman. She

was painted and her dress was of the very finest


"What a beautiful girl!" said one of the young men. "Already I

love her. I will steal her and make her my wife."

"No," said the other. "Don't harm her. She may be holy."

The young woman approached and held out a pipe which she first

offered to the sky, then to the earth and then advanced, holding it

out in her extended hands.

"I know what you young men have been saying; one of you is good;

the other is wicked," she said.

She laid down the pipe on the ground and at once became a buffalo

cow. The cow pawed the ground, stuck her tail straight out behind

her and then lifted the pipe from the ground again in her hoofs;

immediately she became a young woman again.

"I am come to give you this gift," she said. "It is the peace

pipe. Hereafter all treaties and ceremonies shall be performed

after smoking it. It shall bring peaceful thoughts into your

minds. You shall offer it to the Great Mystery and to mother


The two young men ran to the village and told what they had seen

and heard. All the village came out where the young woman was.

She repeated to them what she had already told the young men and


"When you set free the ghost (the spirit of deceased persons) you

must have a white buffalo cow skin."

She gave the pipe to the medicine men of the village, turned again

to a buffalo cow and fled away to the land of buffaloes.