World Peace and Prayer Day - Honoring Sacred Sites Day 2014

The 19th annual World Peace and Prayer Day, led by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, will be held on June 21st, 2014. All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.
stephanie santagada wells
Wappingers Falls, New York
United States
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Short Summary

World Peace and Prayer Day, also known as Honoring Sacred Sites Day, was envisioned and brought forth by Chief Looking Horse as a day to join worldwide communities and people of all races, ages, genders, and faiths, who share concern for the welfare of the Earth and humanity.  This endeavor is committed to "All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer" uniting in order to bring about healing to our mother Earth on behalf of future generations by working together.  It is highlighted by honoring-ceremonies, invocation, and prayer observed in collaboration with indigenous and religious representatives. Special guest speakers and wisdom keepers of all denominations share spiritual insight and discuss important environmental concerns and cures on both a local and global level. This profoundly auspicious time is elevated by a cross-cultural celebration of music, dance, and storytelling. All free of charge.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe Bundle and recognized spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux Nations. Following the birth of a White Buffalo Calf in 1994,  Arvol Looking Horse was directed to honor the Four Directions with ceremony on Summer Solstice on June 21st. 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.

This year's event emphasizes two initiatives, a Call to Action based on the Council Statement on Fukushima, and the Sacred Sites Draft Resolution, which many peace workers are working to see adopted by the United Nations.
In keeping with solutions-based thinking, the WPPD 2014 event will include opportunities to learn about sustainable living models such as permaculture and wilderness skills and ways for all ages to become reconnected with the Earth.

Representing the horse nation, Blue Star Equiculture will lead a sacred horse ride with 15 horses from their home base in Palmer, Massachusetts to the World Peace and Prayer Day site in Wappingers Falls, NY.  Blue Star Equiculture is committed to sustainable equine husbandry. See links for more details. 

World Peace and Prayer Day / Honoring Sacred Sites Day
is a continuing, 19-year-long project of the Wodakota Foundation.

Blue Star Equiculture is a co-sponsor of this event.

***Cover photo taken at Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 by Ivan Kuxxaan Sum.***

What We Need & What You Get

Humanity is at the Crossroads, and the importance of the energies created by our event cannot be underestimated. In order to see World Peace and Prayer Day 2014 become all it can be, our committee must raise the necessary funds for the travel and lodging expenses for our revered elders and wisdom keepers from around the world, the park costs, and all related expenses for the promotion and logistics of the multi-day gathering for possibly thousands of visitors. Due to the sacred nature of this event, we must maintain that entry and attendance is free to the public.

We have a varied collection of perks to serve as gestures of our appreciation for your assistance in bringing forth World Peace and Prayer Day 2014. Several are one-of-a-kind handmade items created by highly skilled Native craftspeople. Others allow you to spend time with some of our elders in return for your kindness.  

The Impact

Ancient prophecies throughout the world have predicted this time...when population growth, over-consumption, depletion of our natural resources and pollution would severely damage our Earth’s life-sustaining capabilities. It has become Chief Looking Horse’s personal commitment as the “Keeper of the Sacred Bundle” to assist in the mending of the Hoop of all Nations. Besides his work with his own community, meeting with global and spiritual leaders around the world and speaking and offering prayers at universities and environmental symposiums (including the United Nations). Chief Looking Horse’s mission with World Peace and Prayer Day has already made tremendous contributions to the progress of Earth Awareness and World Peace. Every year the imperative grows and the effects of the ceremony reverberate to all relations and into the future. 

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that you may not be in a position to donate funds. However, you still can play a critical role in making World Peace and Prayer Day 2014 a reality.

****You may donate ANY monetary amount, however large or small, not only the levels that are listed with perks.

****Please help raise awareness for the event by sharing through your social media networks! This not only will help us raise the needed funds, but will connect more like-minded people everywhere to the need to be as one mind on and around the summer solstice, further raising the global consciousness.

****Please attend the event itself in the beautiful Hudson River Valley at Bowdoin Park, in Wappingers Falls, NY.  It is open to the public and is free of charge. Please come with an open heart and intentions for peace and healing toward all our relations.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation in that certain protocols will be followed by all attendees to maintain the integrity of the gathering. Please refer to the link to the WPPD website for more details.

****Gather with others at sacred sites around the world on the summer solstice; connect with the water, the land, and other beings wherever you may be.

****Send a prayer or peaceful intention regarding the healing of our natural world, harmonizing with our relations and protecting our future generations.
                 WE THANK YOU!  Mitakue Oyasin, All Our Relations

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  • $25USD
    wristband/ poster

    World Peace and Prayer Day 2014 poster with this year's beautiful artwork and a wristband as mementos and reminders to pray for peace. Pick up at event site, please come prepared with your email associated with donation.

    3 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $50USD
    WPPD T-shirt and poster

    Spread the word for peace, unity and environmental stewardship with a beautiful World Peace and Prayer Day t-shirt and full-color poster. Pick up at event site, please come prepared with your email associated with donation.

    12 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $150USD
    DVD & Poster

    You will receive a personal DVD copy of the Lakota delegation to The Cry of the Earth: The Prophecies of Turtle Island at the United Nations 1993, plus High quality poster of this year's event

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $250USD
    poster + Document + 2 DVD's

    High quality poster, plus copies of the DVD of the presentation of the Council Statement on Fukushima at the United Nations, Tillman Chapel on November 14, 2013, and the Lakota Delegation Cry of the Earth DVD

    0 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $400USD
    Tipi table lamp -unpainted

    Beautiful miniature tipi table lamp made by Lakota craftsman. Genuine Lakota style. Artist compensated fairly for his work.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $500USD
    Mountain Scout Survival School

    One full day's Wilderness 1 program for two people in Beacon, NY. Learn the timeless and enduring wilderness survival skills of our ancestors.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $600USD
    Tipi table lamp - Hand painted

    Beautiful miniature tipi table lamp. Genuine Lakota style. Made by Lakota craftsman. Artist compensated fairly for his work.

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  • $800USD
    Handmade Star Quilt

    High quality handmade star quilt by Native quilters. Will provide warmth for decades. Craftspeople from various reservations will be compensated fairly for their work. Your contribution will help many.

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Special Donor

    You will be invited to a special elders reception later this spring in NYC, and you will receive high quality event poster, plus the 2 DVD's described above. Your generosity will be noted on our website where you will be listed as a sponsor for World Peace and Prayer Day.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014

    Blue Star Equiculture Training

    Basic introduction into Draft Driving Horses. Personally focused hands-on driving experience. You will learn how to harness, hitch, and safely handle a team of experienced draft horses. If you are considering a life with draft horses, or farming with draft horses, you can get a fully immersed experience on the Blue Star farm! Five days with room and board, one-on-one instruction, and hands on experience. Regular Price $2500. Special Offer $1500

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $3,000USD
    Adopt an Elder

    This donation will specifically enable elders from around the world to attend this year's ceremony in New York state. You will be invited to a special reception in NYC this spring prior to the WPPD event and be named as a sponsor on the WPPD website and materials. You will also receive a thank you from our committee and from the elders who you helped travel to bring their wisdom and energies to the ceremony. You get the event poster, plus the 2 DVD's described above, and mention as a sponsor.

    1 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Maza-A-Didi Trading Co Tipi

    Genuine hand made 18' Lakota Style tipi including hand collected lodgepole pine poles ropes, stakes. Delivery to WPPD site. **Other delivery locations not included. In addition to your tipi, this donation level gets you the poster, the 2 DVD's, the documents, and your name printed as a sponsor on our materials.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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