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The circle to an Indian
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 1
Something I thought you may find interesting. I am not Sioux, but a Sioux friend shared this with me. Makes you wonder if Black Elk is right or not. If so, we may live to see the hoop mended.

The circle has an extremely strong symbolism in every culture. I love the poetic way this is written. What do you think? We live in a more square world now. Architecture, furnature, doorways, even cars are mostly boxy. I wonder what that psychologically does to us?...being surrounded by unnatural shapes, hard lines and squares galore. Maybe that's why many spiritual people feel more at "home" in nature. Food for thought!

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You have noticed that everything an Indian does in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything and everything tries to be round.

In the old days all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop, and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain and the north with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance. This knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion.

Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle. The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were.

The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children.

Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux 1863-1950

Over a hundred years ago Black Elk had a vision of the time when Indian people would heal from the devastating effects of European migration. In his vision the Sacred Hoop which had been broken, would be mended in seven generations. The children born into this decade will be the seventh generation.
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Re: The circle to an Indian
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Post # 2
this is great! i love it. i am sioux myself so i can relate to most of what he is saying. i love the aboriginal culture with all the different stories about how we became,etc. i would love to know more about this black elk!!

thanks for sharing. :)
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Re: The circle to an Indian
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 3
You're welcome. I'm happy that at least one person enjoyed it. That makes it worth posting. =)
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oh yes! im so glad you did post this which i had to favorite it. thanks again so much for explaining to me about your beliefs on gray magic and i really enjoy reading your comments! looking forward into reading more of your knowledge in the near future. :)
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Re: The circle to an Indian
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redmoon, read "Black Elk Speaks" by John Neihardt
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Re: The circle to an Indian
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 6
Thank you.

I will also pick up that book. He seems like a very philosophical and wise man. I've since looked up other things he's written and they're all very interesting reads.
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Post # 7

That's a fantastic book.

Loved this forum post, White.

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thanks stoney! will do.
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Black Elks Great Vision is a very interesting read.
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