Lakota Sioux

    Black Elk was revered as a visionary.  But what is a visionary?  I think Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's definition of a prophet is a good working definition for a visionary. "The prophet is not a soothsayer.  The prophet is someone who tells the truth on the strength of his contact with God; the truth for today [...]

  He was born in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, in 1863.  He was part of the twilight generation of Lakota to travel with their tipis, hunt bison and fully partake in their traditional Lakota culture before the introduction of the reservation system.  But he didn’t grow up unscathed.  He witnessed many violent confrontations [...]