Nicholas Black Elk Quotes

The Sun Dancers also put rabbit skins on their arms and legs, for the rabbit represents humility, because he is quiet and soft and not self-asserting a quality which we must all possess when we go to the center of the world.

Nicholas Black Elk

Perhaps you have noticed that even in the slightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cottonwood tree; this we understand is its prayer to the Great Spirit, for not only men, but all things and all beings pray to Him continually in different ways.

Nicholas Black Elk

The power of a thing or an act is in the meaning and the understanding.

Nicholas Black Elk

The Great Spirit is everywhere; he hears whatever is in our minds and our hearts, and it is not necessary to speak to Him in a loud voice.

Nicholas Black Elk

All the things of the universe are joined with you who smoke the pipe All send their voices to Wakan-Tanka, the Great Spirit. When you pray with this pipe, you pray for and with everything.

Nicholas Black Elk

Grown men may learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure, and, therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.

Nicholas Black Elk

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