Black-Elk

“Great Spirit, Great Spirit, my Grandfather, all over the earth the faces of living things are all alike….Look upon these faces of children without number and with children in their arms, that they may face the winds and walk the good road to the day of quiet.”  - Black Elk (1863-1950), Oglala Sioux holy man

by riverwindphotography, April 4, 2017


Circle Of Life
Black Elk, Oglala Sioux

Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
—  Black Elk

“I could see that the white man did not care for each other the way our people did…They would take everything from each other if they could…some had more of everything than they could use, while crowds of people had nothing at all…This could not be better than the old ways of my people.”

-Black Elk

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realise their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realise that at the centre of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this centre is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
—  Black Elk