Fools Crow: Wisdom and Power
Frank Fools Crow, Ceremonial Chief of the Teton Sioux, is regarded by many to be the greateset Native American holy person since 1900. Nephew of Black Elk, and a disciplined, spiritual and political leader, Fools Crow died in 1989 at the age of 99. This volume reveals his philosophy and practice.
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Page 20 - The use of religious symbols (feathers, tobacco, sweet grass, bone, etc.) for use in traditional ceremonies and rituals. The spiritual power of the land and the ancient wisdom of your indigenous religions can be, we believe, great gifts to the Christian churches. We offer our commitment to support you in the righting of previous wrongs: to protect your peoples' efforts to enhance Native spiritual teachings; to encourage the members of our churches to stand in solidarity with you on these important...
Page 30 - I cured many with the power that came through me. Of course, it was not I who cured. It was the power from the outer world, and the visions and ceremonies had only made me like a hole through which the power could come. If I thought that I was doing it myself, the hole would close up and no power could come through. Then everything I could do would be foolish ... I know the meaning of the vision is wise and beautiful and good."—Niehardt.
Page 20 - Dear Brothers and Sisters, This is a formal apology on behalf of our churches for their long-standing participation in the destruction of traditional Native American spiritual practices. We call upon our people for recognition of and respect for your traditional ways of life and for protection of your sacred places and ceremonial objects. We have frequently been unconscious and insensitive and have not come to your aid when you have been victimized by unjust Federal policies and practices.
Page 30 - Of course it was not I who cured. It was the power from the outer world, and the visions and ceremonies had only made me like a hole through which the power could come to the two-leggeds. If I thought that I was doing it myself, the hole would close up and no power could come through.