Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe for the Great Sioux Nation. He is a leading voice in the preservation of sacred sites across the planet and founder of World Peace and Prayer Day which happens every year on June 21. Arvol was also very involved in calling forth awareness and international collaboration in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and vocal about climate change issues. He speaks from the heart with a deep responsibility to the ancestors and love for the future generations. Below is his statement about the importance of water from his Lakota Tradition.
A Message from Chief Arvol Looking Horse
“We as caretakers of Turtle Island have always understood Great Spirit has blessed us with the water of life, Mni Wic’oni. We always knew it is the life-line to maintain health and well-being. For a few decades now, we have been told through our ceremonies that man has gone too far, disrupting many cycles of life. Through our passed down knowledge that still carry traditions of respect for the world in order to maintain balance and harmony, we still carry our ways to honor the four seasons upon Mother Earth. On March 21st, many People will be Welcoming the Thunders in ceremonies throughout Turtle Island. We also acknowledge another honoring for water around Mother Earth to unite and offer prayers on March 22nd, known as World Water Day.
We are asking to open your heart and minds to this time of crisis that is now upon us, threatening a healthy life for our future generations and also for the many spirit lives of the four legged, winged ones, those that crawl and that swim who depend on Mni Wic’oni, the water of life.
Those that know how strong spiritual energy is, understand water is the most essential life-line to survival. It is a ‘Source of Life’ that is so powerful, that when we offer our energy of prayers, it can change into medicinal healing, through united intentions. Even science finally found this out only recently. Water carries the Keeper’s energy and can change very fast. It can also bring death by not respecting its gift, especially when over abused as a Resource. It is time we wake up the World to stop abusing and destroying a gift of life – before it is too late.
In a sacred hoop of life, where there is no ending and no beginning.”
Onipiktec’a (that we shall live),
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
It has been shown that water is responsive to the power of intention. On March 22, join us for World Water Day and come together to Bless The Water around the world. Gather at your local water source, or home, and place your good intentions and prayers into the water. Let’s stand in solidarity with the world’s water protectors and with this blessing, and take the first step towards cleaning and restoring the world’s water. Register now for Bless The Water and watch the free online premiere on March 22 of the new UPLIFT film, The Voice of Water, featuring indigenous leaders, water experts and representatives from the international legal battle for the rights of water.
I met you at world peace and prayer day ‘95.please give me a holler if there’s any thing I can do for you or you would like to talk
We are life; all life is connected. We are water. We live in these human bodies which are mostly water. We begin to die after three days with no water. Water is life.
Arvol, Pilamaya for your work for us as American Indian people and our protection of the water that belongs to all.
As caretakers of the lands, air, waters its time to take a stand together and speak for the protection and security of these things. For all life is tied to them for all living things here on earth. Do what we can around us and together maybe we can contribute towards preserving them, even maybe changing how we all need to value as one the way we all live so these gifts for life and a future continues for all responsible to keep that connection and sacred relationship stronger still.