Youth, Interfaith Communities, Indigenous Peoples, and so many Intergenerational Allies have come to stand firmly together in unprecedented unity at Standing Rock. Water Protectors from every continent on Mother Earth have unified to say NO to the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL), but even more so to say a resounding YES to a future that is sane, safe, and healthy, a future that has clean water to drink for all people of the Human Family.
As this takes place, we can each begin to feel what the Dakota people call “Wopida” in our hearts and prayers. And so it is time for us to come together, to unite in a Global Wopida Ceremony as we Build a Global Fire of the human spirit and action all around the world.
Wopida is a Dakota word with profound, infinite, eternal meaning and transforming spiritual energy. The purpose of the Global Wopida is to be thankful and grateful for whatever Life bestows on us, knowing that every test and challenge comes into our lives for our spiritual growth and upliftment.
The Global Wopida is expressed by a 6 month campaign called “Build a Global Fire,” intended to keep the fires of humanity burning bright long into the New Year, where we will come together once more on June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day, for the Spring Equinox.
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. explains:
Point of the Game:
The point of Build a Global Fire is to share the transforming Spirit of Standing Rock world-wide by prayerfully igniting a six month “Global Fire of Thanksgiving and Compassion” through personal and shared commitments made public to our Community.
Steps of Action…
Light a flame (such as a candle or fire), then…
Take a video (or photo) sharing what you’re grateful for, what your intentions are for the world, and name who you admire and respect and want to pass the torch to.
Invite Others to Build a Global Fire of Compassion!
Use the Global Fireplace to warm your spirit from the Fire of others! Add your own flame to the Global Fire of Compassion to help it grow and inspire others around the world.
Learn about and watch the recent Global Wopida Run from the Golden Gate Bridge to Fort Mason as led by the 7th Generation Runners of Standing Rock, and how these remarkable young people ignited a fire of compassion at Standing Rock being felt around the world.