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World Peace and Prayer Day

Author: Clea Woods
Thursday, June 5, 2003
The World Peace and Prayer Day mission was founded in 1996 by Chief (Dr) Arvol Looking Horse, Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations (collectively known as the Great Sioux Nation). Along with thousands of concerned citizens of the Americas he began to promote this Wolakota event. (Lakota word for Peace). This vision was extended to the Global community and is now pursuing a United Nations world proclamation declaring June 21 (summer/winter solstice) as World Peace and Prayer Day (Honoring Sacred Sites Day) where all nations and all people join together spiritually and pray for the healing of Earth and all beings to live in sustainable harmony and peace.

We are aware the issue of peace, the fear of violence through terrorism and war is in peoples' thoughts at this time. We are aware that many people in the world are suffering through poverty, disease and famine. We are aware that our planet's existence is under threat from environmental damage. We worry for the legacy we are leaving for our children's generation. Our current world social, environmental and climatic conditions have come as no surprise to the WPPD Peace Delegation.

Chief Looking Horse, along with the World Peace and Prayer Day (WPPD) delegation have been traveling the four corners of the earth to enact World Peace and Prayer Day to bring awareness of the need for all people to join spiritually for Mother Earth's and all living beings' survival. This international delegation of peace leaders, cultural representatives, multi-faith religious dignitaries and representatives of social and environmental causes have made significant progress towards achieving the goals of this mission, while retaining the uniqueness of identity and beliefs that come through the diversity of this forum.

World Peace and Prayer Day is to recommit ourselves to ecological principles for sustainable living through forums, exhibits, and education - to support a better future for our children. This event is synchronized with gatherings at Sacred Sites around the world. If you are unable to attend, please join this global endeavour and gather with friends at a local Sacred Site for Peace.

We have been very warmly invited as guests by the Traditional People of Brambuk at Gariwerd to walk their land and share this 3-day peace gathering. The theme for this 8th year of prayer is "COMING HOME² and will offer Youth forums, indigenous and religious speakers, sustainable living exposition, traditional music, dance and more.

"We are now in a time of prophecy, when Animal Nations would stand upon Mother Earth a different color than their natural being and be born white. They are speaking to us with the only voice that can be heard. These messages are of a blessing and yet a great warning. It is a time of great urgency to unite for Peace and Harmony upon Mother Earth in order for our future generations to survive. Mother Earth is not a resource, but rather the source of life itself." Chief Arvol Looking Horse 19th generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Bundle

Our gracious hosts from Gariwerd will perform opening Ceremonies with Chief Arvol and Traditional Elders also leading a ceremonial Horse Ride carrying the prayers of our Children's survival. The ceremonial activity will conclude with all attending represented faiths and beliefs creating a circle, offering prayers, in conjunction with the Global community. Due to the condition of The Sacred Bundle, it will not be travelling to Australia, however, the essence and vision of the Bundle will be with us. Chief Arvol will bring a representative ceremonial pipe bundle.

This is a drug and alcohol free event. There is also event protocol regarding drumming, photography, cultural sensitivity and dress code ­ women are requested to wear long skirts/dress or sarongs at the Ceremonies. For the complete WPPD 2003 Protocol, please visit our website so you c