Monday, May 4, 2015


You  have
noticed that everything
an Indian does is in a circle, and that
is because the Power of the World always
works in circles, and everything tries to be round.  In
the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all
our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and
 as  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.  Everything the Power of the World does
 is 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.  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 is 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

1 comment:

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

WOW! This is quite powerful, Lauren.