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

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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."
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Overview

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."
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An anthropological account of the Moroccan monarchy, describing how public rituals fuse the identities of government and religion, and speak to such eternal crises as birth, sex, and death. Paper edition of a book first published in 1953. A transcription of the words of Black Elk, the last of the Sioux holy men to know his tribe's religious rites, their history and significance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806121246
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Series: Civilization of the American Indian Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 190,769
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet 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."

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