A revered Native American leader will visit campus this month to preside over two important events by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people and the 19th generation keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, will visit Oct. 16-17 (Monday and Tuesday) to serve as the 2006 Peace Studies Lecturer and to participate in the annual Peace Tree Ceremony.
The Peace Studies Lecture is part of the Helen Coast Hayes Lecture Series. The lecture,World Peace: White Buffalo Teachings,will be 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the College of Laws Lugar Court Room. A reception will be at 6:15 p.m.
The Peace Tree Ceremony will be noon-1 p.m. Oct. 17 at the site of tree between Elizabeth Moore and Martin halls on the Downtown Campus.
WVU s Native American Studies Program is sponsoring the ceremony which includes native drumming and an appearance byThunder,a bald eagle from the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center, will accent the ceremony.
NAS coordinator Bonnie Brown said Chief Looking Horses presence offers a lesson in peacesince he isnt afraid to go beyond his borders in pursuit of that ideal.
His work toward peace extends far beyond the Lakota Nation to all the nations of the world, as demonstrated in his visits to war-torn Iraq and Ground Zero in New York,she said.
The WVU Peace Tree was planted September 12, 1992, to commemorate the Universitys commitment to the rediscovery of Americas Indian heritage. In 1996, vandals cut down the treebut a second tree, planted October 19, 1996, stands today on the campus of WVU as a visible symbol of the indestructibility of peace.
Chief Looking Horse holds an honorary doctorate from the University of South Dakota. He travels and speaks extensively on peace, environmental and native rights issues. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Wolf Award of Canada for his dedicated work for peace.
He is also the founder of World Peace and Prayer Day.
Copies of his 2001 book,White Buffalo Teachings,will be available at both events.
The Helen Coast Hayes Lecture Series was established in 1998 by an endowment that provides permanent support for annual lectures on peace studies. The series explores a variety of topics in the humanities that affect peace, including the literature, history, sociology, psychology and philosophy of peace.
For more information, please contact Bonnie Brown at email@example.com or at 304-293-4626. You may also visit the NAS website:www.wvu.edu/~nas/.