”All Nations, All faiths, One Prayer”
June 18-21, 2019
The 24th annual World Peace and Prayer Day is a multicultural honoring of sacred sites as envisioned by the spiritual leader of the Lakota Sioux, Chief Arvol Looking Horse. This year the event will be held at Fort Ancient in Lebanon, Ohio. Fort Ancient is one of the most extensive earthworks sites in the country and was awarded a National Historic Landmark, indication a site with exceptional value. The earthworks were built in several stages by the Hopewell people, a culture who flourished from around the years 100 B.C. to 500 C.E..
Chief Looking Horse will lead this annual commemoration to bring attention to significant Indigenous sites in Ohio and inspire youth. This event will provide learning opportunities for educators, artists, faith-based and civic leaders, and all those concerned with the health of our environment.
In 1996, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, began conducting annual World Peace and Prayer Day (WPPD) ceremonies to encourage people of all faiths and all nations to offer prayers for the planet on the summer solstice, June 21st. Across cultures, the solstice is considered a powerful time to pray, especially at sacred sites. For the past 23 years, WPPD has been held at sites across the US and around the world. This year, the gathering comes to Ohio to honor the sites sacred to the Indigenous Peoples of this region.
Fort Ancient, just a few miles East of Lebanon, Ohio, has been chosen as the host site for this 4-day gathering. The Fort Ancient site has been used for many centuries by Indigenous People as a place to gather together for the spiritual ceremony. This event is being hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition, and Miami Council of Native Americans.
Order of Events
(More details to come!)
Tuesday, June 18: Who We Are
The Ceremonial fire is lit and all attending spiritual and organizational leaders will identify themselves. They will share stories of what challenges they are facing and what their groups are doing to create a better world.
Wednesday, June 19: Our Cultural Richness
This will be a time for all those who have come to share their cultural traditions, showing the beautiful diversity of our human tapestry.
Thursday, June 20: Our Prophecies
Elders from Indigenous cultures and faith traditions share prophecies relevant to our times.
Friday, June 21: Honoring the Sacred in Prayer
All attendees will gather as one to lift prayers of justice, healing, and love. After this fire runners will set off for Cincinnati with the event culminating in fire and water ceremonies in Cincinnati.
Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. At the age of 12, he was given the responsibility of becoming the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, the youngest ever. He is widely recognized as a chief and the spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux tribe.
He is the author of White Buffalo Teachings and a guest columnist for Indian Country Today. A tireless advocate of maintaining traditional spiritual practices, Chief Looking Horse is the founder of Big Foot Riders which memorializes the massacre of Big Foot's band at Wounded Knee. He lives on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.