June 21, 1996, at Mato Tipila

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I,    Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe for the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation ask that all Nations upon Mother Earth declare June 21st, 1996 World Peace and Prayer Day. According to spiritual leaders and Elders who gathered at the United Nations to present their prophesies - and again at Six Nations, Canada - the signs of Indigenous people's prophesies have shown themselves. The prophesies tell us it is time to begin mending the Sacred Hoop and begin global healing by working towards world peace and harmony.

The birth of the White Buffalo Calf lets us know we are at a crossroads - either return to balance or face global disaster. It is our duty to return back to sacred places and pray for world peace - if we do not do this our children will suffer.

At Grey Horn Butte (also known to Lakota people as Mato Tipila Bear's Lodge, and to non-Indians and Devil's Tower) before the White Buffalo Woman brought the Sacred Pipe to our ancestors, a Seer was traveling in the Sacred Black Hills - PaHa Sapa, "heart of everything that is." The Seer came upon a large tipi. When he went in the tipi, he saw the Sacred Pipe in the North and the Sacred Bundle of Bows and Arrows in the South. According to the Star Knowledge there are six stars which designated six sacred sites within the Black Hills - these places are sacred places to pray.

We are told there is a sacred site every hundred miles around Mother Earth. We ask all people to return to these places and pray from their hearts with us. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. South Dakota (Mountain) time, June 21, 1996.

It has been decided, according to the Star Knowledge, that June 21st is the time to pray. Indigenous people of Turtle Island will begin their spiritual journey on horseback from Wahpeton, Saskatchewan, Canada to Grey Horn Butte (known as Devil's Tower) in the Black Hills of Wyoming. There, Indigenous peoples will pray with the Sacred Bundle Keepers to begin the restoration of peace and balance. We ask all Peoples to begin organizing their ceremonies at their sacred sites or in the manner which they pray so that they will be praying at the same time as we are from their sacred center.

So far, we have spoken to leaders from around the world and each has committed to work towards supporting June 21st, 1996. We ask all people of all faiths to respond and support our efforts towards world peace and harmony - our circle of life where there is no ending and no beginning.

May peace be with you all.

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, Arvol Looking Horse

The inspirations and effort that has gone into the announcement and planning of this day, which will have ceremonies conducted by indigenous peoples and perhaps others at many parts of the world, have been reported by Arvol in an earlier announcement.

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Text and graphics copyright Paula Giese, 1995, 1996

CREDITS: The buffalo woman spirit cherishing some kind of light on the moonlit prairie is "Buffalo Woman", painted by Susan Seddon Boulet and scanned from her beautiful book of spiritual paintings, Shaman, Pomegranate Artbooks, San Francisco, c. 1989. The paintings were inspired by or inspired the selection of many sayings by Native people, which are included in this highly recommended beautiful book ($19.95).Pomegranate: 707/765-2005. Boulet is not a Native American. She was born in Brazil of British parents, schooled in Switzerland, and wound up in California. Her paintings are all on spiritual themes, not necessarily Indian. Pomegranate publishes an annual calendar called "Way of the Shaman" that uses her paintings. Buffalo Woman was scanned and made into a 3" award button, given to students at Minneapolis Heart of the Earth AIM Survival School for school achievements in 1993-94. That bitmap was used for these images here.

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