Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. Black Elk (Neihardt, J. G. (1988). Black Elk Speaks, p 43)
In Black Elk's vision, the Hoop of the World referred to the communities of Native people. In his vision he saw the Native people going through a long time of suffering during which the hoop was broken. An then he saw that the people would begin to heal. The Elders have told us that we have now entered the time of healing and the "coming together time." The Sacred Hoop is the symbol of that time of healing.
The Sacred Hoop of the Wellbriety Movement was born from a vision in 1994, not long after Miracle, the first white buffalo calf, was born on August 20 in Janesville, WI.
Mission of the Sacred Hoop: Healing Individuals, Families, Communities and Nations
The Hoop was built in a sweat lodge over a weekend in may of 1995. On the first day of summer that year, a multicultural Elders gathering was held in Janesville, WI to provide prayers for the Hoop and align its purpose to the coming healing time. The Elders placed the four gifts of Healing, Hope Unity and the Power to Forgive the Unforgivable into the Hoop. The first Sacred Hoop Journey began in the Spring of 1999.
Since the Sacred Hoop was blessed, it has traveled over 53,000 miles to Native American communities across the United States. Since 1999, there have been a number of Sacred Hoop Journeys. When the Sacred Hoop comes to a community, the people gather for ceremonies and talks about living a sober and healthy life that is balanced emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. many communities have decided to begin a process of learning and planning that includes the building of a vision of wellness. This is accomplished through the community development process offered by White Bison.
Chippewa artist and longtime Wellbriety supporter, Sam English created the official logo for the Sacred Hoop and the Wellbriety Movement.