The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux


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During the winter of 1947, Black Elk, the Oglala Sioux holy man, related to Joseph Brown seven of the sacred Oglala traditions, including such revered rites as "The Keeping of the Soul", "The Rite of Purification", and "Preparing for Womanhood". The San Francisco Chronicle calls The Sacred Pipe "a valuable contribution to American Indian literature".

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Jul 24, 2009

Smoke Signals

My life has been enriched by attending sweat lodge ceremony and I wanted to know more about the seven rites of the Oglala tradition which are beautifully told by Mr Brown. He maintains the spirit of Black Elk's speech while creating an opening for the non-native to listen to these amazing and very sensible ways of seeing the world inside and outside us all. This book is art and history and mystery and psychology all at once, written in a most pleasing style.

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