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Sacred Fireplace (Oceti Wakan): Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man Paperback – October 1, 1999
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From Library Journal
This is a beautifully presented exploration of the Oglala Lakotans' culture and spiritual beliefs as movingly related by the late, revered medicine man Pete S. Catches Sr. (Petaga Yuha Mani) and his son, Peter V. Catches Jr. (Zintkala Oyate) of the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation. The two men focus on the deep importance of understanding and living traditional Lakotan values in the face of (mostly white) men's aggressions and controls. Likewise, telling stories about their lives, sacred rites, and ceremonies, they eloquently and informatively reveal Lakotans' close and respectful relationships with one another, their surroundings, and their deity. Highly recommended for academics and professionals as well as for the general public.
-Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Peter's teachings of the Spotted Eagle (Wanbli Gleshka) way of love and acceptance can be life changing.
He is an important spiritual leader of the Oglala Lakota and shares his knowledge freely, clearly and understandably. He is still accessible to those, of any race, who are serious about following this ancient tradition.
I have spent weeks with him every year for 10 years. He is just a regular, humble guy with human faults and special gifts. There is no haughtiness that can be found in others of his station.
This is a book that should be shared, I have given away several copies.