Chief Arvol Looking Horse offers plea for peace
Chief Arvol Looking Horse spoke to members of the University community
during a March 17 gathering at the Michigan League, sponsored by Multi-Ethnic
Student Affairs, the Native American Student Association and the Native
American Studies Department. A spiritual leader of the Cheyenne River
Sioux tribe, a part of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Great Sioux Nation,
Looking Horse carried a message of concern for the well-being of the planet
and for all living things upon it.
|(Photo by Todd McKinney, University Record)
The event began with a traditional welcome song by the Treetown Singers.
Looking Horse is the 19th generation keeper of the sacred white buffalo calf pipe, said to have been given to the people by a woman who descended
from the sky and who subsequently transformed into a white buffalo calf before disappearing. This original pipe was entrusted to Looking Horse when he was
12 years old, making him the youngest keeper of the pipe in history.
A strong advocate for peace and environmental healing of the Earth, Looking
Horse has met with many of the world's leading spiritual leaders, and
is the founding force behind World Peace & Prayer Day, celebrated
every year on June 21.