Bookmark - Black Elk
When he was nine years old, Black Elk, the great Oglala holy man, was shown a magnificent vision by the sacred Thunder-beings of the west, which changed his life. He was taken up into the heavens and given powers to heal and protect his people. He was also shown glimpses of their future. He was charged with their welfare and given a symbolic red staff to plant in their midst and bring to life. The vision took on universal qualities. And I saw that the sacred 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. Dimensions: 7.25" x 2.5"
In this icon the Thunder-beings are depicted as flaming eyes, for they have no bodies, but only eyes from which bolts of lightning flash. They are spirits who purify the earth. Black Elk is praying for the earth and its peoples with his sacred pipe. The red staff, planted in the great hoop which is our planet, has brought forth its first leaf, as a symbol of life and hope.
Â© Robert Lentz, 1987