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

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Black Elk of the Sioux has been recognized as one of the truly remarkable men of his time in the matter of religious belief and practice. Shortly before his death in August, 1950, he said, "It is my prayer that, through our sacred pipe, and through this book in which I shall explain what our pipe really is, peace may come to those peoples who can understand, and understanding which must be of the heart and not of the head alone. Then they will realize that we Indians know the One true God, and that we pray to Him continually."

Black Elk was the only qualified priest of the older Oglala Sioux still living when The Sacred Pipe was written. This is his book: he gave it orally to Joseph Epes Brown during the latter's year's residence on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where Black Elk lived. Beginning with the story of White Buffalo Cow Woman's first visit to the Sioux to give them the sacred pipe, Black Elk describes and discusses the details and meanings of the seven rites, which were disclosed, one by one, to the Sioux through visions. He takes the reader through the sun dance, the purification rite, the "keeping of the soul," and other rites, showing how the Sioux have come to terms with God and nature and their fellow men through a rare spirit of sacrifice and determination.

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

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

About the Author

Joseph Epes Brown (1920-2000) was an American scholar whose lifelong dedication to Native American traditions helped bring the study of American Indian religious traditions into higher education. His book, The Sacred Pipe, is an account of his discussions with the Lakota holy man, Black Elk. "I traveled among many of the prairie Indians," Brown said, "and after meeting the old Sioux priest Black Elk, I was asked by him to record the account he should give me of his ancient religion. This volume I really consider to be his work and his contribution to the Sioux."

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806121246
Author:
Brown, Joseph Epes
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Editor:
Brown, Joseph E.
Author:
Brown, Joseph Epes
Author:
Brown, Rita
Author:
Brown, Sunni
Author:
Brown, Phyllis Ed. F. Ed. Phyllis Ed. F.
Author:
Brown, Sally
Author:
Brown, Phyllis
Author:
Brown, Phillip
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Dakota indians
Subject:
Oglala Indians
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Great Plains -- Rites and ceremonies.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Civilization of the American Indian series ;
Series Volume:
36
Publication Date:
19891031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 bandw illus.
Pages:
172
Dimensions:
8.60x5.44x.52 in. .53 lbs.

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"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Mr. Brown brought to his task genuine respect for the vanishing culture of the Sioux and for the values of their religious system."
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