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Black Elk's Vision and the Two Roads Map

Posted on March 9th, 2020

Possibly the most memorable part of John Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks is Black Elk's description of the vision that he experienced as a boy. On page 93 of Steltenkamp's Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala, he reviews what a couple of scholars had to say about visions:In Lakota tradition, "visions of real significance could come to a child of ten and twelve years and might affect the course of his life" (Royal Hassrick, 1964). Never take...

Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux

Posted on March 6th, 2020

A Brief Description of Common Lakotah Ceremonies Among the Sioux, there were, historically, seven central community ceremonial rites: 1. Canupa: The Sacred Pipe Ceremony 2. Inipi: The Sweat Lodge 3. Hanblecha: The Vision Quest 4. Wiwangwacipi: The Sun Dance 5. Hunkapi: The Making of Relatives 6. The Keeping of The Soul 7. Ishna Ta Awi Cha Lowan: Preparing a Girl for Womanhood These ceremonies occur during different stages of human...