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Sacred Fireplace : Oceti Wakan, Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man - Pete Catches

Sacred Fireplace

Oceti Wakan, Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man

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Long awaited by those who knew Peter Catches, Sr. (Petaga Yuha Mani) and his work, this book is a major legacy of his life and the essence of his teachings in his own words. The book describes his struggles to embrace Lakota traditions and language, as well as the Spotted Eagle medicine way. It offers reflections on the history and culture of his people and on his own life, together with Lakota stories and legends and accounts of healings, his personal visions, and traditions of Native American spirituality. 'The Sacred Fireplace' ('Oceti Wakan') is a vision shared by Peter Catches, Sr. and his son Peter Catches (Zintkala Oyate), both Spotted Eagle medicine men of the Oglala Lakota. Oceti Wakan represents a commitment to cultural and spiritual revitalisation in response to events that have devastated the Lakota over the last six generations. The Catches' dream of revitalisation -- encompassing spiritual, physical, educational, and social and economic development dimensions -- is focused on creating a place 'for the healing of the family as a whole by rekindling Lakota spiritual values and culture.'

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Spotted Eagle Wayp. 2
The Blessingp. 3
Life Teachings and Experiencesp. 11
On Religionp. 19
The Great Spirit's Guiding Handp. 25
On Being a Medicine Manp. 37
Becoming a Medicine Manp. 37
Constitution of a Medicine Manp. 46
A Doctoring Trip to Hawaiip. 54
Praying at Difficult Timesp. 63
Stories and Lessonsp. 71
Lakota Creation--"We Are Little Brother to the Buffalo"p. 71
Wintercountp. 74
The Deity of the Bravep. 79
The Legend of Pte Wokup. 84
Truth and Honestyp. 93
Wounded Knee, 1973p. 101
Atlanta, Georgia, 1990p. 120
Message to Cemawa Indian Studentsp. 122
Ecumenical Servicesp. 126
Ceremoniesp. 129
Inipi (Purification), The First Form of Prayerp. 129
Preparationsp. 132
Inside the Sweat Lodgep. 135
Good Lance's Teachingsp. 137
A Way of Lifep. 140
Talking to the Holy Stonesp. 142
Hanbleceya (Pipefast)p. 147
Within the Unseen Realmp. 157
Wiwangyang Wacipi (Sundance)p. 161
The Lone Sundancerp. 174
Hunkapi (Making of a Relative)p. 178
The Seven Sacred Ritesp. 187
Beginnings and Endingsp. 189
Oceti Wakanp. 189
The Devastationp. 189
The Healingp. 195
Land of the Windsp. 199
Epiloguep. 211
Notesp. 217
Glossaryp. 223
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ISBN: 9781574160369
ISBN-10: 1574160362
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3