Black Elk Biography

Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, 1863-1950


In December 1863 Black Elk was born at Little Powder River into a tribe of the Plains Indians, the Oglala Sioux. At the age of nine, Black Elk received a great vision. This vision portrayed the Powers of the World represented by the Grandfathers, each giving Black Elk a gift and a special power. With the gifts that he received, Black Elk was given responsibility for the native american nations. In the book, Black Elk Speaks, by John Neihardt, the Grandfathers said to Black Elk, "Behold a nation; it is yours." And a voice said, "Behold, they have given you the center of the nation's hoop to make it live."


"Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being."


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'Cry of the Great Spirit' by the Circle of Existence is an evocative journey into the sacred vision of the native american people. Musical landscapes blend with the sacred wisdom of Black Elk, Chief Joseph, Chief Seattle and others opening pathways to the heart and mind.


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"Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you -- the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the air,
and all green things that live.




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Mandalas are found everywhere in human culture especially where awareness of unity is understood. They are widely used for meditation and healing.