~ White Buffalo Teachings ~
with Chief Arvol Looking Horse
To everyone who cares for peace.....
written by Peter Champoux
Listen to a story that has blazed up bright from the council-fires of the Dakotas. It has all the ingredients: youthful suffering, Native American legend and wisdom, patriotism in its deepest sense, world-wide leadership, the overcoming of tremendous odds, and a hint of warm summer breezes to come.
This story is the life of Chief Arvol Looking Horse who was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, in third world conditions. Born to a mission of peace, Arvol was given the responsibility of caring for the Pipe of Peace, the most sacred ceremonial object of the Sioux Nation, if not all Native American peoples. The Pipe of Peace was, so the story goes, given to "the people" by a female teacher – White Buffalo Calf Woman –who came to the Lakota Sioux nineteen generations ago (approximately 570 to 900 years ago).
At the age of twelve, Arvol was given 'the pipe' by his grandmother, along with a particular challenge that comes with this responsibility as the Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Woman Pipe of Peace: Arvol could not swear, drink alcohol, or fight. This was quite the task, given the conditions of reservation life.
Through his extensive travels over the past several years, Arvol has brought to the world the peace-message as taught by White Buffalo Calf Women through an annual event he named World Peace and Prayer Day.
Integral to Chief Looking Horse's vision of World Peace and Prayer Day is that these celebrations take place at honored sacred sites. There are, of course, many interpretations of the term 'sacred site,' and so Arvol has deliberately left it up to the individual to honor "with a full day of prayer" a place they consider sacred.
As a man of great courage, Chief Arvol Looking Horse has brought his work of peace to the United Nations, while Canada has officially declared June 21 World Peace and Prayer Day. The Pope has received Arvol, as has Sadam Hussein (after a fashion), as well as many other world religious and political leaders.
Because of the events at Wounded Knee and the controversial imprisonment of fellow Lakota, Leonard Peltier, Arvol has not been as well received in the US as greatly as he has been received abroad. And yet, he is a native son and his message is of great importance to both the Middle East and the American people.
He grants interviews, and is an inspiration for all. I encourage you to write about and publish his story of World Peace and Prayer Day, as well as the life of Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and to show a light of hope for peace as we face ever-widening and ever more ominous conflicts throughout the world.
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WHITE BUFFALO TEACHINGS
Hau Kola. Hello, friend.
I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, greet you on behalf of the Pte Oyate - the Buffalo People, the First People, the Original People. We come from The Heart of Everything That Is - the sacred Paha Sapa - known to most as the Black Hills of South Dakota.
We are the watchers. We are witnesses. We see what has gone before. We see what happens now, at this dangerous moment in human history. We see what's going to happen - what will surely happen - unless we come together: we - the Peoples of all Nations - to restore peace and harmony and balance to the Earth, our Mother.
This new millennium will usher in an age of harmony - or it will bring the end of life as we know it.
Starvation, war, and toxic waste have been the hallmark of the Great Myth of Progress and Development that ruled the last millennium. To us, as caretakers of the Heart of Mother Earth, falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction.
We have come to a time and place of great urgency. The fate of future generations rests in our hands.
Exerpts from White Buffalo Teachings * * *
When I was 12 years old, words of our ancient Prophecies were instilled in me by our Spiritual Elders of that time. Those Prophecies concern drastic changes that would come to all life upon Mother Earth. These changes are here with us today!
Our Prophecies tell us that we are at the Crossroads. We face chaos, disaster, and endless tears from our relatives’ eyes - or we can unite spiritually in peace and harmony. It’s time to bring the Message of the urgent need for Peace, of creating an energy shift throughout the world.
As Keeper of the Sacred C’anupa Bundle, I ask for your prayers for Global Healing. Our Mother Earth is suffering. Her wonderful gifts — the water, the trees, the air — are being abused. Her children — the two-legged, the four-legged, those that swim, crawl and fly — are being annihilated. We see such atrocities occurring everywhere.
Nineteen generations ago the beautiful spirit we now refer to as Pte-san win-yan (White Buffalo Calf Woman) brought the Sacred C’anupa to our People. She taught the People the Seven Sacred Rites and how to walk upon Mother Earth in a sacred manner. She said, "Only the good shall see the Pipe…the bad shall not see it or touch it."
She arrived among us in this way—
At that time, not long after the Flood, the People still followed the buffalo, but they had forgotten the Creator and the teachings of the buffalo. They were trying to control one another, be more than who they were. The buffalo disappeared and the People were starving and crying. They grew too weak even to move camp, and so they sent out scouts to look for buffalo or other game. But always they returned empty-handed.
Then one day they sent out two scouts, who saw not even a rabbit the whole day. Dejected, they started back to camp from their failed hunt, traveling through the woods and rolling hills, northeast of the sacred Black Hills, just up the river from where I live today.....
We must comprehend in each of our hearts and minds the two ways we human beings are free to follow, as we choose: the good way, the spiritual way - or the un-natural way, the material way. It’s our personal choice, our personal decision - each of ours and all of ours.
You, yourself, are the one who must decide. You alone can choose. Whatever you decide is what you’ll be - good or bad. You cannot escape the consequences of your own decision. On your decision — yes, on your own personal decision — depends the fate of the World.
You can’t avoid it. You must decide. You personally - each of us personally - is put here in this time and this place to decide the future of humankind.
Did you think you were put here for something less?
Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger?
Know that you are essential to this World. Believe that. Understand that. You yourself are desperately needed.
This is the message that I carry to you as we stand at this Crossroads in history — I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, known also as Horse Man, Keeper of the Sacred C’anupa (pipe) brought to the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota Nation by the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman nineteen generations ago.
Hau kola. I am honored to greet you. I honor your sacredness, your humanness. I ask you to honor mine. It is good that we meet. Yes, good. Wasté!
When we say Mitakuye Oyasin — "All Our Relations" — many people don’t understand the meaning of those words. The phrase Mitakuye Oyasin has a bigger meaning than just our blood relatives. Yes, it’s true; we are all one human race. But the word Mitakuye means relations and Oyasin means more than family, more than a Nation, more than all of humankind. Everything that has a spirit.
The Earth herself, Maka Unci, is our relation, and so is the sky - Grandfather Sky - and so is the Buffalo…and so are each of the two-leggeds, the four-leggeds, those that swim, those that fly, the root nation, and the crawling beings who share the world with us. Mitakuye Oyasin refers to the interconnectedness of all beings and all things. We are all interconnected. We are all One.
Don’t call us "earth-based," as if we worship the Earth. We don’t worship her. We honor her. But to worship anyone, we, the Indigenous, will never do that. We humble ourselves to the sacred energy of all life knowing we are one. We stand up when we address the Creator, we bow down and touch the earth, to acknowledge and give thanks to our Mother.
We see ourselves as part of the universe, part of all that is seen, and part of all that is unseen. We recognize that we are no better - and no worse - than the grasses, the trees, the birds, the insects, the animals, the stars.
But we also understand that we humans are different. Each being of Creation has a unique role and place, and a specific task to perform. Our Original Instructions tell us what our role is, where our place is, and what our task is as human beings.
Do you know your task? Unless you know it, and then perform it in this life, you have strayed from the Good Red Road that the Creator - Wakan Tanka - has given each of us to walk.
Even those who don’t know how will pray or meditate.
They will learn to contribute their energy. All people need to learn that within each of us, we have this ability and gift.
Yes, our life energy must be a gift for our future.
Your life, my life, everybody’s life must follow your given path.
So pray or meditate.
Follow your inner path and learn just how powerful you are and learn that you are a leader for your people, your family, your children, and the Mother Earth.
What happens within us happens in the World.
We are the Message of the World.
As we are and as we do,
So the World will be.
When the people of all colors pray together with the Sacred C’anupa (pipe), or with any other sacred gifts given by the creator, even with just our natural spirit energy — without anger or resentment or prejudice — extremely powerful things can occur. When we do this with a good heart and in a sacred way we can - and will - change the world!
When you begin to believe in the sacred way of life, you will begin to understand the importance of the sacred sites, knowing that they are a connection to Mother Earth. You will understand the traditions and the ability to see the prophecies that were passed down through the generations of Ancestors, who lived in harmony. They had seen what was in store for their seven generations to come (us), they prayed we would re-find the "key" to harmony in understanding the Spirit of the Circle of Life. It is then that you assist in bringing health, prosperity and balance back to Mother Earth. That is human sacrifice and spiritual growth. That is the way. We as the Buffalo People believe in this circle of life, where there is no ending and no beginning. The process of mending the sacred hoop continues.....
Know that you yourself are essential to this world. Believe that. Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are desperately needed to save the Soul of this World. Did you think you were put here for something less?......Chief Arvol Looking Horse
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Chief Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota in 1954 and was raised by his Grandparents Lucy and Thomas Looking Horse. While growing up on the reservation he learned the language, history and spiritual ways of his people.
At age twelve, Arvol was given a great responsibility. He became the 19th generation keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. Since then, and due to his understanding of the tragic history of his People - the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota - Arvol has committed his life to working for freedom, peace, and the cultural revival and healing of his people.
Arvol's degree of commitment to helping not only his own people, but through sharing the Native Prophecies - as well as creating awareness and understanding throughout the world - has placed him along with other great leaders in the forefront of the quest for world peace.
In 1998, he spoke at the United Nations on Sacred Sites and advocated freedom of Religion for all of Humanity and has served on the board of Society of Peace and Prayer which erects peace poles around the world. He has won numerous awards for his tireless work and dedication to his People and to realizing global peace.
In 1994 Arvol traveled to the United Nations with Elders of many Nations for the Cry of the Earth Awareness conference where he presented the opening prayer. From there he was invited to Holland and the Netherlands to speak for world peace and unity.
Arvol continues to dedicate himself in striving for the upliftment and recognition of all minorities, the rights and proper education of his people, world wide awareness of humanity’s legacy for the next generations, as well as urging the United States Government to honor the original treaties signed by his forefathers.
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