“It’s everyday life for us that we hold Grandmother Earth sacred, we hold the trees and the plants, everything has a spirit. We need people to be really respectful for each other. The Great Spirit put us here all together. If we’re going to survive, we need to have spirit and compassion. On June 21 we’re asking people to go to their sacred places or sacred spaces to pray.” Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer!
World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites Ceremony
21 June 2012- Aldeia Nova Terra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Following the birth of a White Buffalo Calf in 1994, the Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe for the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations, Arvol Looking Horse, was directed to honor the Four Directions with ceremony every year on June 21st, thus the journey of World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites began. According to Lakota Star Knowledge, the birth of Miracle, a female white buffalo, signaled a time of earth changes and the coming of the mending of the Hoop of All Nations. The Summer Solstice is said to be a powerful time to pray for peace and harmony among all Living Beings. Grandmother Earth's gifts, the air, water plant, animal and rock nations must be allowed to heal if we are to live in harmony with Her. All Nations recognize Sacred Sites as Places to gather or perform private ceremony. For countless generations these Sites were honored, cherished and strengthened through ceremony and Our Mother remained healthy. To ensure the lives of future generations for all our relations, we must begin again to honor, cherish and renew Our Mother.
The first four years, beginning in 1996, Chief Looking Horse honored June 21st by offering ceremony in the Four Directions. He traveled to Gray Horn Butte in Wyoming (aka Devils Tower), the Cree Nation in Canada, Pipestone Quarry in Minnesota and to Costa Rica. People of all the Nations of the globe were invited to offer ceremony at their own Sacred Sites worldwide. Thousands around the world have responded and began honoring their local Sites. Following the Wopila (Thank-you ceremony) in the “Heart of Everything That Is,” the Sacred Black Hills in 2000, it was decided that Chief Looking Horse must once again offer ceremony to the Four Directions of the globe. He began in Ireland in 2001, South Africa 2002, Australia 2003, and Japan in 2004. In 2005 the ceremony returned to the Black Hills to offer another Wopila on Turtle Island (North America) to complete his commitment to bring about awareness. Chief Looking Horse has continued mending the Sacred Hoop of All Nations in prayer and ceremony throughout Turtle Island and the world by attending WPPD in Alaska, New Zealand, Mexico City, Costa Rica, Massachusetts and Minneapolis on this sacred day. Today, we continue to encourage others to work towards growing the circle in honoring their Sacred Sites.
Contact: Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Wolakota Foundation
PO Box 687, Eagle Butte, South Dakota 57625
Responding to Chief Looking Horse’s encouragement to growing the circle and honoring Sacred Sites, on June 21st in Aldeia Nova terra we are declaring Mother Earth a Sacred Site and call out to the world to joins us in ceremony.
As part of the various gatherings and celebrations that will be taking place in the Aldeia Nova Terra during the month of June and parallel to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20, there will be a very special ceremony on June 21st. We will celebrate World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites with the participation of Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Dakota, Lakota y Nakota Nations.
In the Aldeia Nova Tierra we will have songs and prayers synchronized with peoples and nations from around the globe. One people, many ceremonies and many ways to joyfully unite at one moment in history...with One Heart, together in Spirit, Intent and Joy.
We invite you to spread the message around the Globe and invite the participation of all others who already celebrate WWPD and specially to others who would like to join us for the first time with prayers and songs from all over the world that mend the Sacred Hoop of Humanity and recognize that Earth is Sacred. United spiritually and virtually on June 21st to celebrate the 2012 World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites.
Check our site and sign up for virtual participation or come to our ceremony and join the elders and wisdom keepers from Brazil and around the world.