Sacred Fireplace (Oceti Wakan): Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man|
by Peter Catches (Author)
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.
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Clear Light Books; 1st. Ed edition (October 1, 1999)