Four Colors of Humanity: 10 Images From World Peace and Prayer Day

Four Colors of Humanity: 10 Images From World Peace and Prayer Day

Christina Rose


The Medicine Wheel was well represented at the 19th Annual World Peace and Prayer Day, held in Bowdoin Park in Wappinger Falls, New York on Saturday, June 21. Indigenous people of all four colors of the wheel—red, white, brown and yellow, came from Norway to Korea, from Alaska to Mexico and Australia to Japan. Hundreds offered prayers to the fire, seeking to honor and protect Mother Earth and sacred sites.

Opening the blessing of the grounds with a call to all nations, 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 Nations said, “We have no choice but to come together at our sacred sites. We have no choice but to gather our people and relatives because Mother Earth has a fever and is sick. On June 21, we come to our sacred fire to create the healing and energy shift.”

The World Peace and Prayer Day website states, “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.”

The event began on Thursday, June 19 and continued through June 22.

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