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 ...
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".
172 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. NATIVE AMERICANS. "This is a faithful transcription by Mr. Brown of the words of Black Elk, the last of the Sioux holy men to know his tribe's religious rites, together with their history and significance....Mr. Brown lived with Black Elk on the reservation, and the holy man, in order to preserve the Siouan rites both for the whites and for his own people, told him all he knew of the rites."-Saturday Review "Mr. Brown brought to his task genuine respect for the vanishing culture of the Sioux and for the values of their religious system."-Library Journal "His admiration for Black Elk and his people is obvious....He has done a fine job producing a book that is a valuable contribution to American Indian literature."-San Francisco Chronicle "The Sacred Pipe will be read with interest and pleasure by all those interested in the religious doctrines and associated rites of preliterate North America."-Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Key Words: Joseph Epes Brown, Black Elk, Sioux Indians, Holy Men, Religious Rites, American Indians).
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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