Perspectives of Conscious Awareness from Blue Print Cultures
In 1997 Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Spritual Leader of the Native American Sioux Nations founded 'World Peace and Prayer Day' after receiving signs passed down through generations that humans were about to enter a period of great disharmony and increasing natural disasters affecting Earth, humans and life itself. For thousands of years his and many other tribes carried a prophetic knowledge through their kinship systems that this cycle would be inevitable. Brought about as man traversed through a patriarchal era of progress - having all but forgotten the knowledge of sacred feminine - Mother Earth Goddess inherent in the Matriarchal societies of before. The era of technology space man would grow and climax to a point where the imbalance could no longer be invisible to those striving. The impact and destructiveness of living out of harmony with Earth as an environmental home would rise to a point of action or extinction.
Chief Arvol and other tribal nation leaders, elders and people, spiritual emissaries, advocates of peace, justice and sustainable environment joined the World Peace and Prayer Day platform for earth preservation. There are now at least five million active members worldwide.
By 2011 society has begun to experience directly the consequences of apathy and non action - of not changing our ways to more sustainable living. The increase of natural disasters gathers momentum. This highlights necessity to implement resilience models for preserving heritage, sharing knowledge; for disaster recovery and survival from our deeds and patriarchal governance - poverty, violence and crimes against humanity.
We, concerned people take action. Postive action is the best we can achieve. We do it for ourselves, those we love and those to come. We do it for a world we have come to realize is rapidly losing its ability to sustain our inhabitation. We cannot leave our planet. Our soul is connected to the layers of Earth - of life as we know it.
It appears that the visions and truths of those in our world who never lost the heritage value of sacred feminine have now been proved. What remains is that we now take more action in main society to rectify this imbalance. Chief Arvol is one hero of many who devote their lives now to saving and preserving our planet. His personal story is below.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, born in Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota was at age 12 made the 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe – a sacred bundle of knowledge that has been passed through many generations of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations. The prophecy of White Buffalo Woman associated with this responsibility denotes a time on this planet of great change, the need for consolidated peace and healing and the restoration of balance in all things. His life has revolved around his commitment to work towards religious freedom, environmental and cultural survival and revival and includes:
- In 1986 as one of the spiritual leaders of the Bigfoot Riders who initiated a prophecy known as "Mending the Sacred Hoop of the Nation."
- In 1993 Chief Looking Horse travelled to New York with Elders of different Nations for the United Nations "Cry of the Earth" Conference where he performed the opening prayer.
- In 1994 the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization invited Chief Arvol to Holland, Netherlands to pray for Peace and Unity.
- In 1996 Chief Arvol commenced a ten year commitment to organise World Peace and Prayer Day on June 21st in the four directions, bringing awareness to the Prophesies with a call to secure the sacredness of the sacred sites of Mother Earth.
- New Orleans honoured Chief Looking Horse by proclaiming August 27th as "White Buffalo Day" where he was given the key to the city by the mayor in 1996.
- In 1996 Chief Looking Horse was awarded the prestigious Canadian Wolf Award, given to a person who has dedicated their life to working for Peace. The first award was presented to Nelson Mandela, the President of South Africa. Chief Arvol Looking Horse was invited to speak on peace and unity at the Clinton's 1996 inauguration.
- Since the early 90's, Chief Looking Horse has been on the Board of the Society of Peace and Prayer, This Society plants Peace Poles around the world, carrying the inscription "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in four different languages. Peace Poles have been planted at all the World Peace and Prayer Day sites.
- In 1998, he spoke on sacred sites and freedom of religion before the Special Reporter of the United Nations. It was the first time in history that a representative of the UN came to the US to listen and compile concerns for discussion at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland concerning indigenous religious freedom.
Chief Looking Horse has worked on international peace processes and global healing. In this respect travelled to Iraq to pray for peace, acting on the spiritual advice of Elders from his Nation who feared a great war if the Lakota did not pray for peace. In South Africa he met with spiritual leader Desmond Tutu on global healing and World Peace and Prayer Day. In 1995 he met with His holiness the Dalai Lama, establishing links between Tibet and the Lakota Nation.
Chief Looking Horse also assists in retrieving the remains of the ancestors from museums such as the Smithsonian. He continues to work towards the repatriation of sacred bundles and human remains in an effort to bring respect and ritual rites back to the sacred sites. His work has been endless in lecturing on religious freedom, protection of sacred sites and cultural survival. His living legacy is to bring pride and restoration back to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota lands, culture and spirituality.