In addition to a main gathering at a sacred site chosen each year, we ask others to join us at their own sacred sites as well as in their churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other places of prayer.
Please let us know where you'll be on June 21st.
Statement & Protocols
Maka akantula (People of the earth),
This is our 25th year in our efforts to bring attention to the importance of the remaining Sacred Sites around the world; where we have visited Nations and honored their ancestor’s place of worship. One day I would like to see “Honoring Sacred Sites Day, June 21st” recognized all over the world, when people will finally understand their importance. My personal direction and responsibility has been to pay attention to our prophecy of White Buffalo Calf Woman. She said there would come a time when a sign would show where man’s behavior had gone too far in their destructive choices. And our Ancestors have shared from ceremony — “we warned - people would not be able to control what they have created.”
In 1994, the same year Global Warming was first announced, in Janesville Wisconsin, a white buffalo calf with black hooves, black nose and eyes was born. She was named Miracle. Many people came from the four directions to pay homage, because spiritual people knew this was a blessing and yet a warning. Since that time, many white animals around the world have revealed themselves to Nations that hold them important in their culture. Memories I recall through this 25 year journey; while with Aboriginal Nations in Australia, a white kangaroo came out of the bush during our ceremony, and being shown pictures of Migalo, the white whale, in the great waters. Many of these white animals are still coming, telling us to pay attention to the choices we have to make, to change our behavior. This attention is to respect the gifts from Mother Earth, to respect one another’s way of life in helping to protect Sacred Sites, bring respect back to Nation’s sacred spiritual items and ceremonies that are now being abused.
We will come together once again during this time, but now we are being asked to stand apart, in order to be safe. We are told we need to keep distance if we respect one another - because a dark spirit has come upon us that is causing much suffering for all humanity. In this present time there is a lot of anger, hatred and racism. We need to create change in all our lives and respect one another’s ways of prayer. We know in our hearts that good will always overcome if we stand in unity.
Some of the places where we have created a sacred fire will be able to join us during this time. We will visit them through technology, where they will share what they have witnessed since our visit to their territory.
I humbly ask people to join together in prayer for a great healing, even by lighting a candle within your home and offer tobacco outside to the earth to give thanks.
These are now the crossroads: either be faced with global disasters, earth changes, climate changes, different sicknesses causing tears from our relatives eyes - or we can unite spiritually, globally - All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.
In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!
It is time all People understand Mother Earth is the Source of life, not a resource.
Onipiktec’a (that we shall live),
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Due to the difficult circumstances restricting gatherings this year, WPPD (June 18 - 21, 2020) will be shared 'virtually', so we may continue to bring attention to the protection of sacred sites throughout the world, while honoring the precautions set forth by medical professionals.
If you are hosting a fire:
Our first and most important principle is to promote the health and safety of all participants, but especially our Elders who maybe at the highest risk. If you will be joining others or others joining you, please use face coverings or masks and maintain a safe distance. This should be strictly enforced with no exceptions.
Fires may not be photographed or filmed once lit, and safely maintained throughout the night. Photos/videos of the fire setup/area before or after would be preferred.
Individuals are also encouraged to light candles (that burns for all four days or on June 21st) to join with the spirit of the sacred fires. We also welcome churches, mosques, or temples, where safe distancing permits.
Please send us your general location to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Coverage of speakers, dancers, songs, and other sharing moments will be listed daily on the WPPD Facebook page with times and links provided.
As always, we only support drug free / alcohol free / drama and violence free gatherings. Please, always use common sense, be guided by decency and kindness, and be respectful of ALL ceremonies.
Thank you for joining us in seeking the highest good for our Unci Maka (planet) and the generations to come.
Pipestone 𐑏 Minneapolis-St Paul Minnesota 𐑏 Uisneach Ireland 𐑏 Japan 𐑏 Ashfield 𐑏 Boston 𐑏 Martha’s Vineyard 𐑏 Central Massachusetts 𐑏 Southern Oregon 𐑏 Costa Rica 𐑏 Manhattan 𐑏 Southampton 𐑏 Upstate New York 𐑏 Callala Bay Australia 𐑏 Washington D.C. 𐑏 Switzerland 𐑏 Asheville North Carolina 𐑏 Central Germany 𐑏 Coastal Salish Territory 𐑏 Tuscany Italy 𐑏 Vancouver 𐑏 Spokane 𐑏 Snohomish Washington 𐑏 Lewiston 𐑏 Abenaki Territory Maine 𐑏 Eureka Springs Arkansas 𐑏 South Africa 𐑏 Oregonia Ohio 𐑏 Lenape Lands 𐑏 New Jersey 𐑏 Osseo Wisconsin 𐑏 Mexico City Mexico 𐑏 Atlanta Georgia 𐑏 Southern France 𐑏 Northern Arapaho 𐑏 Aotearoa New Zealand 𐑏 Alaska 𐑏 Honolulu Hawaii 𐑏 Southwest Virginia 𐑏 Ojo Caliente 𐑏 Central New Mexico 𐑏 Pennesylvania 𐑏 Vancouver Island 𐑏 Maple Ridge 𐑏 Toronto 𐑏 Ontario 𐑏 Quebec Canada 𐑏 Pesla Black Hills 𐑏 Sisseton South Dakota 𐑏 Wyoming 𐑏 The Netherlands 𐑏 Florida 𐑏 Hirvensalmi Finland 𐑏 Vermont 𐑏 London 𐑏 Northumberland 𐑏 Somerset 𐑏 Wiltshire United Kingdom 𐑏 Deer Lodge Tennessee 𐑏 Ft Berthold North Dakota 𐑏 Portugal 𐑏 Los Angeles 𐑏 Willits 𐑏 East Bay 𐑏 Oakland California 𐑏 Kerala India 𐑏 Basque Country 𐑏 Missouri River Montana 𐑏 Ojibwe Land Border of US / Canada -- and many more.
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