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Ceremony and the Way of the White Buffalo Woman
The Indigenous way is to recognize that everything has spirit — and through spirit we are all connected. Chief Arvol Looking Horse shares the powerful, healing, wisdom of the White Buffalo Woman, who teaches us to walk upon earth in a sacred way, taking only what we need and respecting the life in all things. He shares the touching story of his involvement in re-naming of the Massacre at Wounded Knee and its impact on native history. In the sharing of his experience, he reveals a remarkably lucid vision he had while riding to honor the ancestors and the history of Wounded Knee. He emphasizes how important it is to honor both those who have come before us as well as those being born.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota in 1954. Raised by his grandparents Lucy and Thomas Looking Horse, he learned the culture and spiritual ways of the Lakota. He speaks both Lakota and English. At age 12, he was given the enormous responsibility of becoming the 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, the youngest in history. His life has revolved around his commitment to work toward religious freedom, cultural survival and revival. He is featured in an organization promoting heroes for peace and justice with the organization Heroes for a Better World.
In 1986, the Bigfoot Riders, of which Chief Looking Horse is a spiritual leader, began fulfillment of a prophecy, known as "Mending the Sacred Hoop of the Nation." Chief Looking Horse honors the healing journey by riding with the Bigfoot Riders by horseback every December 15-29 in severe temperatures, which all the committed Bigfoot Riders endure to understand the immensity of the hardship of Chief Bigfoot and his band. In 1993, Chief Looking Horse traveled to New York with elders of different nations for the United Nations' Cry of the Earth Conference where he did the opening prayer. The Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization invited him to Holland to pray for peace and unity in 1994. New Orleans honored Chief Looking Horse by proclaiming August 27 as White Buffalo Day, and he was given the key to the city by the mayor in 1996. He was also awarded the prestigious Canadian Wolf Award in 1996, 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.
Since the early 90s, Chief Looking Horse has been on the Board of the Society of Peace of Prayer that plants Peace Poles around the world, carrying the inscription "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in four different languages. In October 2006, he was awarded with the Temple of Understanding — Joliette Hollister Award from the United Nations. Some previous recipients of the award include the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Queen Noor, for their work in uniting different nations in the name of peace.
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