Nicholas Black Elk

Nicholas Black Elk
Heȟáka Sápa
December 1863 – August 19, 1950
Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

A vision from Black Elk:

“And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.”

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