‘Solstice Prayer and Fasting for Wildlife’

MatoWoksapeDemonstrationAtIdahoFishAndGame

Press Release: 12/12/12

‘Solstice Wolf Fast and Prayer’

Advocates to fast four days at state capitols in Idaho and Oregon for wolves and other wildlife.

Boise, ID.
Mato Woksape, Richard Wise Bear of Lakota, Blackfoot, and Pottawatomie nations, leader of Oregon Autonomous A.I.M. chapter, has been organizing, demonstrating, walking and praying to protect wolves and other wildlife in Idaho and around the globe for a year.

This month, in solidarity with Howl Across America, Ravensong Group and the Northwoods Wolf Alliance, he will fast in front of the Idaho state capitol in Boise for four days in hopes of drawing attention and support to the need for reverence for the land and preservation of the ecology of the wolf and other wildlife.

He will be joined by Orion Cannon, of Salem OR, who will be fasting in front of the state capitol there. The prayer fasts will begin at sunrise on December 18 and last until sunset on December 21.

As of Monday, 51 Wolf and wildlife advocates across the country and around the world have pledged to fast in solidarity.  States represented in the U.S. are MT, MN, WY, AZ, CA, IL, WI, TX, WV, ID, MD, IA, OR, KS, LA and MA.   Fasters from Canada, Germany and Austria will also be joining in.

Wildlife advocates are alarmed at what they describe as a return to the days in which predators, in particular, were unreasonably vilified and persecuted.   Says Woksape “Wolves manage their own numbers as the creator has made them perfectly. I am spreading a prayer for the wolf and other wildlife across the world; to unite nations for the sanctity of the wolf. Like the river with no banks our prayer is unstoppable.”

It looks like he might be right. Woksape’s tireless efforts are drawing the attention of activists from across the nation, dozens of whom are planning to fast in solidarity from locations as far away as Minnesota, Arizona and Austria.

The Northwoods Wolf Alliance based in Duluth, Minnesota is helping to publicize the event and, according to Reyna Crow, spokesperson for the group, also joining the fast. “We asked Mato if we could participate early on because we believe there is a need for both urgent and unified action across the nation to protect wolves and other wildlife”.
Residents of Idaho and Oregon who would like to support the prayer fast are encouraged to visit the Solstice Facebook pages at:

 https://www.facebook.com/notes/jrey-crow/press-release-please-share-support-events-by-going-to-event-pages-of-same-names/10151231699252615

Rainbow Warriors

“When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow.” ~Hopi prophecy

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  1. Wonderful! Thank you to all native people who have come forward for brother wolf. Together we will stop this wolf massacre and make sure it is the last one. Together we will make the wolf, the honored symbol of the continent, alongside the bald eagle, and forbid the killing of any more wolves. Protect America’s Wolves! http://signon.org/sign/protect-americas-wolves

  2. This is AWESOME!!!! I WILL FAST, PRAY, AND BE AT ONE WITH THE WOLVES…….PERFECT TIMING FOR WE ARE TRANSITIONING MORE INTO THE ‘SHIFT’ DEC. 21, 2012. WE ARE ONE WITH ALL BEINGS!

    • Bless the people who are doing this and may more and more join them. The killing of the wolves and other animals is a spiritual problem, not just an ecological one and the slaughter needs to be viewed as such. People are not the only ones who matter on this earth, and we should not be the judges of who should live and who should die according to our values and our well-being.

  3. good luck & all the best for the wolves.

  4. I am so thankful for all the wonderful people who are fighting for the wolves rights! I will join you in the fast!!

  5. I had this same idea ……. to fast until something was done about the wolves. Of course I didn’t do anything about it. I did have the idea though.
    I will try & fast for the 4 days. My job is such that it’s pretty physical, so I will do what I can. I wish that I could be in ID. with the folks who are
    making this statement.
    Kudos to all who are participating in this.

  6. Count me in for this, from afar.

    Also, please consider contributing to the centerforbiologicaldiversity.org.
    They have five active lawsuits to stop wolf killing in Oregon, Wyoming, the Southwest and Minnesota. They plan to file to save Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago wolf soon.

  7. I AM FROM SOUTH AFRICA AND 76 YRS OLD. I AM FASTING AS FROM NOW AS I READ ABOUT IT. I WILL DO MY VERY BEST TO MANAGE THE 4 DAYS FAST OR CLOSE TO IT. WOLVES MUST STAY ALIVE AND LIVE A FREE LIFE LIKE THEY DESERVE.
    WE THE GLOBAL PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER TO MANIFEST ANYTHING THAT IS SYNCHRONIZED WITH THE UNIVERSAL ENERGY FIELD THE FABRIC OF CREATION. THIS NIGHTMARE MUST END “N O W”. SO BE IT!!!

    • Bless you Marlena ! Mato and Orion are great guys, dedicated souls. i wish you could meet them !

    • Marlena YOU are a wonderful, strong woman to do this. Kudos to you! Bless you ~

  8. What a wonderful idea – hope your worthwhile effort will do much good, I join you all in the sadness we are all going thru.

  9. We (Wolf Child Dance Projects) will be joining each one of you in solidarity from here in California with our continuiing wolfwalks, solidarity in fasting, and daily movement meditations. Thank you for uniting us in ending this violence together.

  10. In spirit, I stand by your side Mato, never wavering, my feet are firm, and my spirit is strong. Thank you.
    Anne

  11. I am also in the fight too, may our wills be hard as iron for the next four days.

  12. This is amazing what they are doing… We need the media be there. Please call Salem, Oregon and Boise, Idaho area newspapers and TV stations and ask them to cover it.

  13. Much gratitude and reverence to all warriors who protect our wildlife and Earth from peril in profit. This is far from over, however there is an awakening through our unified cause… we will not stop.

  14. Nebeki
    For a future post ? Please consider. Thank you

    If anyone is interested in an Occupy ‘hub’ one could be organized through Interoccupy.net. OccupyWolves ? OccupyWildlife (since DOI
    has broad ramifications)

    “InterOccupy Hubs allow anyone to use a set of organizing tools for coordinating large-scale projects easily for greatest impact and reach. Visit the Hubs below to see the work being done by people in the Occupy movement, and get involved!

    If you are just thinking about starting a Hub you are interested in, but don’t yet have a group of people to work with on it, then we recommend you to “Request a 1-time Call” first to find some collaborators.”

    Sweet Wolves be Safe.

    • Sounds like a great idea for a future post Nabeki ! ;)

  15. Please stop the slaughter of our national treasure’s our deer and elk herds! I will be praying for them! Their numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate! They are being torn to shreds and left to die slow horrendous deaths since the reintroduction of the non-native grey wolf. This travesty has got to end before there are no herds left! This is a national disgrace. The grey wolf is proliferating uncontrolled. This must stop!

  16. UPDATES from Mato Woksape early this morning, day 2 “Getting ready to back at it. Day 1 no food no water. Freezing outside, its a winter sundance in a way.”

    “I am thankful for all the people who are brave enough to help me. Howl Across America, United Urban Warrior Society, Northwoods Wolf Alliance, Ravensong Group, Deep Green Resistance, N.I.W.A. THANK YOU! for working with me. Your courage is a blessing for me and the wolf.” ( I KNOW he is very thankful to Nabeki here at HFJ for posting his story as well, because he told me so !:D )

    ” if you are fasting and praying somewhere else. DO IT PUBLICLY! you have to show as many people as you can.”

    ” we need some alternative media groups that arent going to cave in to the whim of these corporations, and actually come out and do a story. im often available by telephone to do interviews from media too.”

    ” alternative media group, native media groups, get at me. 208-573-6027″

    • Ann, go to Indian Country Today Media .com. Good site. God be with Mato and all of you. I will fast today.

  17. My heart is torn; the Connecticut school shooting massacre in addition to the wolf killings is just too much for me to bear. I don’t understand how people can be so cruel and heartless to their fellow humans and to other living beings. I hope that one day we can stop all violence, and that everybody and everything can live in peace and harmony.

    Good luck to those participating in this fasting.

  18. UPDATE from Orion Cannon, at the Capitol in Salem, Oregon:
    Orion Cannon
    “Working at hosting this event was delayed, and my Facebook account was hacked into. I’ve also been hard to find. It would be like where’s waldo because the capital is large area. I suggest if anyone wants to participate to take their own initative. I apologize if i am a poor host but poor planning and fasting leaves me with a bit of a predictment. I am not trying to attract attention. It sounds stupid but it works. People don’t find me obnoxious and ask put of curiosity. This has been working all day but eventually it becomes like an old joke and i end up roaming the capital mall, or cruising to the civic center
    Incidentally no one has shown up physically that i know of. That is ok, so much awareness has been brought so far that everything is fine. Many people have joined me outside of Facebook .(briefly)”

  19. Wolf Advocates, especially those in Idaho, PLEASE CONTACT THE MEDIA. I sent this to KTVB Boise : Mato Woksape has been Praying & Fasting at the Capitol for the last two days and will be (hopefully) for the next two days. He is suffering from the cold and going without food and for the most part water, for his cause. PLEASE COVER THIS STORY. This is NEWS. This is someone truly sacrificing and DOING SOMETHING REAL. Mato’s cell phone # is 208-573-6027 http://www.ktvb.com/on-tv/contact

  20. A perfect solution to a few atrocious dilemas. Train man’s best friends instead of euthenizing them & put them in the schools to protect our children the police/firemen/military can handle the training & care of them & the children can handle the loving & attention they need; good theraphy for the children & good for the schools teaches the children to care for animals. No more euthenizing our unwanted animals, the animals can protect the children & warn of dangerous people in the schools~
    Use the vets especially the handicapped both physical n mental problems will also teach n train to be loving n caring & not killers~
    Stop the fighting n arguing, stop the killing n maiming, start thinking of constructive ways to our dilemmas~
    Also find ways to save our beautiful feline friends & for all animals God put them here for a reason!!!!

  21. Finally a true American,Caretaker of our Natural Wonders

  22. 12/20/12 Update from Orion Cannon, who is fasting at the Capitol in Salem, Oregon: Orion Cannon 6:29pm Dec 20
    “Like I mentioned people really want to protect the remaining wolves here in Oregon. I printed some fliers and passed them out to very influential people. One said it was a big issue. I have some faith by the sincerity of the faces of people reading said flyers. I made sure to mention all of you are fasting meditating praying and supporting this cause. I have long disdained of living in Salem, but now i see how much this entire region means to me and… Well we are so blessed to live in a rainy open minded ecotopic paradise it is a shame for any wildlife to be threatened.”

  23. Updates from Mato Woksape:
    Howl Across America update from Mato 12/20/12 afternoon of Day 3 : “I keep getting hyperthermia, so I’m going inside to rest. I’m going to stop by Fish and Game tonight and sing a song or two. I will be there around 7.”
    2 minutes ago · Like
    Howl Across America Day 3: Mato Woksape ” gotta go hit em with this wolf song one more time.”
    Mato Woksape ” we will try to get you a decent recording soon. there was a lot of wind in the first ones.”
    about a minute ago · Like
    Howl Across America Day 3: ” im headed back to oregon after the wolf song at fish and game. im finishing day 4 at home by the fireplace. thanks so much for the offer. and i will finish at sundown on the 21st. when i will sing a special song to close the ceremony at home in oregon.”


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