On Saturday, September 6th, about 250 people gathered in the park to enjoy the opening of the new interpretive site Tribal Connections. The centerpiece of the new site is Wind Circle, a world peace sculpture donated to the National Park Service by internationally renowned Japanese sculptor Junkyu Muto.
The peace sculpture is the third of nine to be placed at significant sites throughout the world. The first was placed at the Vatican in 2000 and the second in Buddha Gaya, India in 2005, where the Buddha attained enlightenment.
Devils Tower is the location where the White Buffalo Calf Woman delivered the sacred bundle to the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota nations. Along with the sacred bundle, she taught the people how to perform the seven sacred ceremonies and to live in a good and humble way.
The day was filled with a beautiful mist which did not deter the performances or the many visitors. The crowd was entertained by the Wind River Tribal Dancers, tribal drum groups from Pine Ridge and Northern Cheyenne reservations, and a beautiful version of the White Buffalo Calf story as told by Tillie Black Bear, Rosebud Sioux tribal member and director of the White Buffalo Calf society.
Several entertainers traveled from Japan to celebrate the unveiling of the world peace sculpture â the Wa-On Taiko drummers, Japanese singer Mine Matsuki and Japanese radio celebrity Reiko Yukawa.
Local entertainers Lorrie Redfield and Shana Jahnig added to the entertainment with their beautiful voices. In addition, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation keeper of the sacred bundle delivered by the White Buffalo Calf Woman, spoke of his world peace and prayer day efforts and the consul general for Japan in Denver, Kazuaki Kubo, spoke of the importance of the days activities.
A limited edition Pendleton blanket of Devils Tower and the world peace sculpture was designed by Lakota artist Sandy Swallow and is for sale by the Devils Tower Natural History Association.
A huge thanks is due to the many people who made this day a tremendous success!