humbly ask you to pass on this prayer to your teammates, friends,
colleagues and loved ones, so that we may create a circle of loving
energy around Greece and planet Earth throughout the Olympics...
to protect, heal, lift humanity, and celebrate Who We Are!
Olympic Prayer for Peace and Protection of Greece...
Earth’s most gifted athletes finish preparing for the games
of the XXVIII Olympiad of 2004, let us give thanks to our Creator,
Greek People, Olympic Family, and all our ancient ancestors, who
helped create so many Olympic sports,* for giving us this wonderful
opportunity to come together in joyful friendship and unity.
we acknowledge the uncertainty around this planet, we call upon
the Creator and Spirits of Peace to let these games proceed in
harmony, safeguarding our Greek hosts, spectators and athletes,
who are their people’s goodwill emissaries... Let the example
of the respect for each other's diversity, culture, inspiring
talents, gracious sportsmanship, and fair-play, of these heroic
athletes, extend to all corners of Earth.
the spirit of the Oracle of Delphi who helped save the Ancient
Olympics ... by stopping all conflicts for 1,000 years, around
the time of the games, we call on Humanity in Modern Times to
rekindle and embrace that Olympic tradition around the world,
starting now at the birthplace of the greatest force of peace
and unity in history, Greece. Let's do this for the sake of all
our beloved children.
to the teachings of our ancient Indigenous ancestors, we are all
related. Therefore, Creator please show us how we can each do
our part to reach out and share the bonding high, understanding,
appreciation, dignity, and health of sporting opportunities, to
enrich and uplift the lives of our brothers and sisters, and welcome
them into this Olympic circle. In nurturing, healing and helping
each other's hearts soar, especially in the Great Outdoors, we
ask you for your support to protect these Olympics, our families,
and homelands. In so doing we are creating a sustainable, abundant
quality of life for all Creators' children and creatures.
us all say Thank You to the Creator, Spirits of Peace, and the
Olympic Athletes in our own languages. And thank you for helping
the loving essence of the XXVIII Olympiad prevail on Mother Earth!
a Pono, (Hawaiian for "Take Care")
Vaspra, President of World Council of Elders ** (Hawaiian)
Suzy Chaffee, Olympic Skier, co-chair of Native American Olympic Team Foundation
(NVF)***, and Team
* From "August 12 - TRIBAL GIFTS TO OLYMPICS" in Sportsfeatures.com
(Olympic Press website), www.nativevoices.org, and Flash News,
NATIVE AMERICAN OLYMPIC EVENTS AT GREECE.
**A global council of Indigenous Elders dedicated to preserving
and sharing traditional wisdom to restore the balance of life
on Earth for future generations.(http://www.worldcoucilofelders.org/)
***A partnership of U.S. and world tribal leaders, Olympians,
and UN Eco Award winners...to preserve Nature's playgrounds for
future generations through joyful sports.
Background: To safeguard the Salt Lake Olympics, at the suggestion
of Chief Arvol Lookinghorse (Keeper of White Buffalo Prophesy
Pipe), NVF and Sarah Pletts (Living Arts) organized an Olympic
Protection Ceremony the day before the Opening Ceremonies, next
to the World's Largest Teepee in Park City. The prayer was led
by Northern Ute Host-Chairman Roland McCook, and supported by
Abenaki Olympian Billy Kidd and Muhammad Ali - Suzy read his note
saying, "I stand by my Native American brothers and sisters...
Flashnews sent the story around the world. Other tribes, like
the Hopis, led ceremonies at dawn in the Athletes Village. It