Black Elk

(1863 – 1950)

Biography of Black Elk

Heȟáka Sápa (Black Elk) (December 1863 – August 19, 1950) was a famous wičháša wakȟáŋ (medicine man and holy man) of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux). He was Heyoka and a second cousin of Crazy Horse.

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Like the grasses

Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other,
thus should we do,
for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.

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