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PRESENTATION. Nicholas William Black Elk Medicine Man Missionary Mystic Wanderer between two worlds Presented by Thomas Brack. Contents. Goal Chronology Little Big Horn With Buffalo Bill in E urope Ghost Dance/ Wounded Knee Conversion : Catholic Catechist among Indian People

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PRESENTATION
  • Nicholas William Black Elk
  • Medicine Man
  • Missionary
  • Mystic
  • Wanderer betweentwoworlds
  • Presentedby Thomas Brack
contents
Contents
  • Goal
  • Chronology
  • Little Big Horn
  • With Buffalo Bill in Europe
  • Ghost Dance/ WoundedKnee
  • Conversion: CatholicCatechistamong Indian People
  • Encounter with John G. Neihardt :«Black Elkspeaks»
  • Personal conclusions/ Questions
goals
Goals
  • Question:

Whatcould an Indian Holy Man bring toconverttoChristianity, especiallythecatholic belief?

sioux spirituality
Sioux Spirituality
  • «The 6 grandfathers»
  • «Sacred Pipe»
  • «WakanTanka»
  • Mapoftworoads:

Black: (Trouble)

From East to West

Red: (Salvation)

From North to South

  • «Sprouting Stick»
chronology
Chronology
  • ca. 1865 Born as an Oglala Sioux in the Great Plains /1st vision
  • 1876 Little Big Horn
  • 1886 Tours with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Europe/ 2nd vision
  • 1890 WoundedKnee
  • 1904 December 6: Baptized «Nicholas William Black Elk»/3rd vision
  • 1931 John G. Neihardt’svisitwith Black Elk: «Black Elkspeaks»
  • 1950 Death of Nicholas Black Elk, August 17
little big horn
Little Big Horn
  • 1876 «Greasy Grass»

Little Bighorn

  • Famous Indian chieftains:

Crazy Horse, RedCloud,

Sitting Bull

  • «Wasichus»: «Pahuska»

«Long Hair» General Custer,

Former Gettysburgh Hero:

«Custers Last Stand»

in europe
In Europe

Colonel

William F. Cody

betterknownas

«Buffalo Bill»

Black Elk’s

journeyto Europe

2nd vision

wounded knee
WoundedKnee
  • Sioux atthePineRidge Reservation
  • «Ghost Dance»
  • 1890 Butcheringat «WoundedKnee»
  • «Whydiditcometoit?»
  • Consequences?
conversion
Conversion
  • «Black Robes»:

Jesuits’ Holy Rosary Mission

amongthe Sioux people

Encounter withFather Joseph Lindebner

  • Conversion, 3rd vision
  • Working as a Catechist

amonghispeoplefornearly

half a century

john g neihardt
John G. Neihardt
  • German Descendant
  • Poet from Nebraska
  • «Homer» ofthe Great Plains
  • Encounter with Black Elk 1931
  • Authorof «Black Elkspeaks»
personal conclusions
Personal conclusions
  • Whycouldthispersonalitymesmermizeme?
  • Was itthefact, that Indian andCatholicSpiritualitymeteachother in thisoutstandingperson?
  • Howcome, thatthe Indian God «Wokan Tonka» (Manitou) andthe Christian Godcould live in the same heart?
  • Howcanoneexplainthecredibilityof such a man in hiseither Indian or Christian surrounding?
the end
The End

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