🌈🌈 Remembering Grandfather Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux,
d. August 19, 1950
“There can never be peace between nations, until there is first known, that true peace that is within the Souls of people.”
** “I cured with the power that came through me. Of course, it was not I who cured, it was the power from the Outer World, the visions and the ceremonies had only made me like a hole through which the power could come to the two-leggeds. And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.
“Whenever I cured, if I thought that I was doing it myself, the hole would close up and no power could come through. Then everything I would try to do would be foolish.”
Earth Prayer, Black Elk
Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you — the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the air, and all green things that live.
You have set the powers of the four quarters of the earth to cross each other. You have made me cross the good road and road of difficulties, and where they cross, the place is holy. Day in, day out, forevermore, you are the life of things.
Hey! Lean to hear my feeble voice.
At the center of the sacred hoop
You have said that I should make the tree to bloom.
With tears running, O Great Spirit, my Grandfather,
With running eyes I must say
The tree has never bloomed.
Here I stand, and the tree is withered.
Again, I recall the great vision you gave me.
It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives.
Nourish it then
That it may leaf
And fill with singing birds!
Hear me, that the people may once again
Find the good road
And the shielding tree.
— Grandfather Black Elk
Black Elk was born December 1, 1863, Powder River, MT, and died, August 19,1950, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD — Children: Lucy Looks Twice, Benjamin John
Katie War Bonnet was his first wife (m. 1892–1903)
Anna Brings White was his second wife…. (m. 1905–1941)
photo: Black Elk returns to pray on Harney Peak, 1931, the site of his “Great Vision,” when he was nine years old. In his Great Vision he saw “the Thunder Beings” and was taken to the Grandfathers, who represented the Six Sacred Directions — West, East, North, South, Above, and Below. The Grandfathers took Black Elk to the Center of the Earth, the central mountain of the world, the axis of the Six Sacred Directions, the point where stillness and movement are together.” Harney Peak, where Black Elk is seen in this photo, is called Hinhan Kaga by the Lakota Sioux, it is the highest natural point in South Dakota, and the Black Hills. Neidhart.com