Author Topic: Traditional Elders' Statement on Social Media and Sacred Ceremonies  (Read 292 times)

Offline educatedindian

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From elders of numerous tribes meeting for World Peace and Prayer Day. Their central concern was media like Youtube and Tik Tok where ceremonies or healing, both real and false, were being posted, especially by younger Natives or alleged Natives who seemed unaware or indifferent of the harm they were doing.

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If you are part of the sacred then you are also part of the protection. The misuse of sacred items, symbols, and ceremonies whether by individuals or groups, as well as through social media(s) is a corruption of the sacred. If we do not understand how or why this happens, the first part of protection is the willingness to have the courage and good heart to learn with compassion.


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Re: Traditional Elders' Statement on Social Media and Sacred Ceremonies
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2021, 10:25:56 pm »
Signatures- If I make any spelling errors or miss any, please point it out.

James Weston, Dakota Wahpa Ipaksan
Hulleah J. Tsinahuinnie , Seminole/Muscogee/Dineh
Faith Spotted Eagle
Michael Weston
Akwirente Deer, Mohawk Nation
Toiote Diabo, Mohawk Nation
Westley Redday, Dakota Lakota
Maida Medicine Crow, Dakota Nation
Joseph A Herman Jr, Siseton Wahpetan Oyate
Lynn Halbert, Sisseton Wahpetan Oyate
Lonnie Provost, Ihanktonwan
Juanel Espinosa, Spirit Lake Nation
Mia Fischer, Ihanktonwan/Brave Heart Society
Courtney and Michael Soria ?

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Re: Traditional Elders' Statement on Social Media and Sacred Ceremonies
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2021, 10:40:22 pm »
Signatures cont'

Harry Snowboy, Bundle Keeper
Myron Dewey, Paiute/Shoshone
Melissa Brings Them, Red Lake and Standing Rock
Sara Weston, Flandreau Santee Sioux Wakpa Ipaksan
Jennifer Veilleaux, same?
Kate Keshona, ? Menominee
Lisa Bellanger, Leech Lake Anishnaabe



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Re: Traditional Elders' Statement on Social Media and Sacred Ceremonies
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2021, 10:55:16 pm »
Signatures cont' (ETA more added)

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Joseph Robertson, ?
Hilda Ramirez, Purapecha Nation
Gayle Stone Arrow, SWO
Sarah Knife Chief, Skidi Pawnee
Cindy Weston, Flandreau SD
Max Hill, Ojibwe
Joanna Hill, Ojibwe Mille Lacs Lake
Valerie Reece, Lakota. Cherokee Nation
Warlene Yellow Cloud, Flandreau, S.D.
Kathleen Soehl, Red Wing, MN

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Re: Traditional Elders' Statement on Social Media and Sacred Ceremonies
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2021, 03:17:24 am »
Sarah Knife Chief, Skidi Pawnee
Cindy Weston, ?
Max Hill, Ojibwe
Joanna Hill, Ojibwe Mille Lacs Lake

Missing signatures below the above ones (middle row):

Valerie Reece, Lakota. Cherokee Nation
Warlene Yellow Cloud, Flandreau, S.D.
Kathleen Soehl, Red Wing, MN

After Cindy Weston I clearly see Flandreau SD.

Since the images are somewhat oversized here in the forum, and need a lot of scrolling, I just downloaded #1 (the complete poster) and then I can easily zoom in what I need to see. However, allotted time tonight does not allow me to do more checking right now.

One question: The statement is not dated, so what is the context?

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Re: Traditional Elders' Statement on Social Media and Sacred Ceremonies
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2021, 09:04:50 pm »
One question: The statement is not dated, so what is the context?

As far as I'm aware, from members of Arvol Looking Horse's family, the most recent version of this was signed this summer - Summer 2021


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Re: Traditional Elders' Statement on Social Media and Sacred Ceremonies
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2021, 04:03:28 am »
One question: The statement is not dated, so what is the context?

As far as I'm aware, from members of Arvol Looking Horse's family, the most recent version of this was signed this summer - Summer 2021

This was for World Peace and Prayer Day. I added that to the original message.

Thank you both! Now I found some context, starting with Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/worldpeaceandprayer/ [World Peace and Prayer Day]

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About
World Peace And Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites Day is an international and intergenerational celebration for people of all faiths, nations, races, ages.

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With Chief Arvol Looking Horse and more..

"All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer”

With the blessing and guidance of Chief Arvol Looking Horse — 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe Bundle and recognized spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux Nation; we are delighted to announce the 19th annual World Peace and Prayer Day will be celebrated this year in Rogue Valley/ Ashland, Oregon, June 18-21 2015.

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. Honoring-ceremonies, invocation and prayer are practiced and observed in collaboration with local indigenous representatives. Special guest speakers, wisdom keepers and activists 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.

Sacred Sites are acknowledged by all Nations around the world as places holding unique geographical, spiritual, historical and often mythological significance. These places of worship—intended to unite people in peace, can all too easily become a source of power struggle, greed and environmental abuse. It is by no coincidence that places where the Earth vibrates with magnified energy, also commonly align with rich pockets of Earth’s greatest natural resources. Therefore, the importance of protecting sacred sites and educating people about the value of restoring them to balance, reaches beyond the realm of spiritual ideals and directly into the impact their restoration has, on the health of the environment.

Unity through prayer. We have come to a crossroads in our evolution on this planet, when it is vital, despite our differences, to unify our minds and hearts for the well being of all. For this reason World Peace and Prayer Day has traveled around the world to actively bring people together – drawing attention to the relevance of sacred sites in this 21st century.
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Chief Arvol Looking-Horse
Founder of World Peace & Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites Day

Recognized as the spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and North Nakota Sioux Nations, Chief Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, and at 12-years of age became the youngest ever, 19th Generational Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe.

He has dedicated his life to working for change and fulfilling the sacred prophecy known as "Mending the Sacred Hoop of the Nation." Committed to religious freedom, sacred site protection, cultural survival and revival, he lectures at universities, conferences and symposiums around the world and has met with and established relationships with world leaders, including Desmond Tutu, President Barack Obama and the Dalai Llama.

As well as being invited to speak at President Bill Clinton's 1996 inauguration, Chief Looking Horse's prayers have opened numerous sessions at the United Nations and his many awards include the 2006 Temple of Understanding -Juliet Hollister Award from the UN. Previous recipients include the Dalai Llama, Nelson Mandela and Queen Noor.

Example of supporters’ group (New Zealand): https://www.facebook.com/groups/3092378547518549/
[World Peace And Prayer Day ki Hawaiki Tautau 2020] (Presently only one post, a message from Arvol Looking Horse.)

Numerous videos with Arvol Looking Horse on You Tube, I will list three of them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzqjatYvrDM [World Peace And Prayer Day : Q&A] (June 2020. 53:53)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-afq9tCRs8 [World Peace and Prayer Day 2020] (July, 2020. 6:01:56)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtFOMwmxDxU [Special World Peace and Prayer Day Message - Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Friends] (June 2021. 1:09:06)

Website: http://worldpeaceandprayer.com/history-of-wppd.html