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Black Elk

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In this first-person narrative, Wallace Black Elk describes how the sacred pipe enabled him to commune with spirits, to hear the songs of rocks, water and trees.

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Wallace Black Elk (1921-2004), a traditional Lakota Elder and spiritual interpreter, was a Channupa (sacred pipe) bearing descendent of the legendary Nicholas Black Elk whose visionary experiences were recounted in the book Black Elk Speaks. Grandfather Wallace was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and has been trained since childhood in the sacred ways of his people.

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"Simply one of the most inspiring and authentic books I have had the delight to read this decade."    ~Tom Brown, Jr., The Vision

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"When my old people talked, I always sat right in the middle. I was just a little guy, you know, but I listened to them. It's really hard to hear an old man talk. You have to have a lot of patience to hear those people talk, because when they talk, they talk about the motivation, the feeling, the unsound that is around in the universe. They explain everything to one understanding. They bring it all together, and when they finish, just one word comes out. Just one word. They might talk all day, and just one word comes out.

The next day they'll talk again, and then another word comes out. So for three or four days of talking, there might be just three or four words that come out. But once you hear that one word, you hear it and understand it. You'll never forget it because your subconscious mind will see and understand it. That silent communication will come in, and you will receive it. One side of the hemisphere will receive it, and the other side will record it. It will remain with you for the rest of your life. It will go even further to your generation, and generation after generation. It will even go to four generations. So that is really hard for this society here to really understand."

Author Black Elk, Wallace
Coauthor Lyon, William S.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 224 pp.
Publisher HarperCollins 1991
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