UPDATE: WORLD PEACE & PRAYER DAY
An international intercultural gathering will take place at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, NY for the 19th annual World Peace and Prayer Day (WPPD) ~ June 19 to 22, 2014. All are warmly welcome to attend. Over 50 prominent First Peoples’ dignitaries, environmental specialists and Indigenous wisdom keepers and performers from the US, Canada, Japan, Ireland and South Africa are featured in this cross-cultural weekend centered around prayer and activism for Earth-concerns, and will include films, storytelling, music, dance, youth activities and indigenous crafts vendors.
Also known as Honoring Sacred Sites & Cultural Heritage Day, its call is for “All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.” All will be invited to offer prayers and tobacco to the four-day Sacred Fire for world peace and ecological healing for present and future generations. Concordant events taking place worldwide during this Summer Solstice ceremony can be tracked through multiple United Nations organizations and UNIFY www.unify.org
Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse (WPPD founder) will be joined by the Sage Boy Spirit Run/Ride (www.equiculture.org) and the Buddhist Peace Walkers in a grand entry June 19 ~ to light the traditional Sacred Fire, and to welcome a Peace Pole planting in cooperation with the World Peace Prayer Society in nearby Wassaic, NY.
Indigenous prophecies around the world have long predicted the breakdown of Earth’s ability to sustain life. According to the Lakota Nation, the birth of “Miracle” a rare female white buffalo calf (Wisconsin, 1994) signaled the start of major earth changes needing serious action. “We are at the crossroads now,” says Chief Looking Horse, who is recognized worldwide for protecting sacred sites and reviving First Peoples’ cultures internationally - meeting with the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and others. As l9th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle for the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, spiritually directed to “mend the sacred hoop” of all nations, he was instrumental in stewarding formal U.S. recognition of National Bison Day, Nov. 2013.
Distinguished environmental & sustainability speakers include Prof. T.H. Culhane of Mercy College and Solar Cities, who will demonstrate community scale ‘closed loop’ energy solutions: from food production to “waste to biogas” systems. Mountain Scout Survival will offer hands on wilderness skills. See website below for other presenters.
Benefit concerts with stunning Native talent are raising travel funds for presenters, but much more is needed. Please view Song Carrier, Joan Henry video at home page www.worldpeaceandprayerday.com.
Since l996, WPPD has been held in 5 American states and 8 countries: Costa Rica, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Brazil. Past sacred runs and rides have taken place in South Dakota, British Columbia, Alaska and Mexico.
To interview Chief Looking Horse and others, contact Rebecca Tobias at 310-916-8888 [email protected] or Betsy Stang 845-679-6347 [email protected]. Watch the WPPD website for frequent updates at www.worldpeaceandprayerday.com.