Black Elk Quotes

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Black Elk Quotes

When I got back to my father and mother and was sitting up there in our tepee, my face was still all puffed and my legs and arms were badly swollen; but I felt good all over and wanted to get right up and run around.
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And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.

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There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.

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I looked below and saw my people there, and all were well and happy except one, and he was lying like the dead - and that one was myself.

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If you will read again what is written, you will see how it was.

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I was four years old then, and I think it must have been the next summer that I first heard the voices.

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I cured with the power that came through me.

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So I took the bright red stick and at the center of the nation's hoop I thrust it in the earth.

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Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body; but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me.

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To use the power of the bison, I had to perform that part of my vision for the people to see.

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At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit. And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us.

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I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream.

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The Universe is circles within circles, and everything is one circle, and all the circles are connected to each other. Each family is a circle, and those family circles connect together and make a community, and the community makes its circle where it lives on the Earth. It (the community) cares for that part (of the Earth) but cares for it as a circle - which is to say in a cooperative and egalitarian way, where everybody is cared for, and everybody is respected.

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Let every step you take upon the earth be as a prayer.

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Behold this day. It is yours to make.

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All over the sky a sacred voice is calling your name.

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Know the Power that is Peace.

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Give me strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is.

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