By Henry Niese
• finds own money owed of significant local American rituals akin to the yuwipi and the sunlight dance.
• contains tales and teachings from the final years of invoice Eagle Feather's life.
Lakota drugs guy invoice Schweigman Eagle Feather received frequent reputation as an uncompromising religious chief within the Sixties whilst he defied a U.S. executive ban on Indian non secular perform and played the sunlight Dance ritual with public piercing. He endured on as sunlight Dance leader and instructor of the Lakota lifestyle until eventually his demise in 1980.
Author Henry Niese met invoice Eagle Feather in the course of a sweatlodge rite previous a sunlight Dance at the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in 1975. That was once the start of the connection among pupil and instructor that's captured with humor and appreciate in The guy Who Knew the Medicine. Niese brings readers alongside on his trip from outsider to begin to elder, a metamorphosis guided by way of invoice Eagle Feather. He describes sacred traditions resembling the sweatlodge, the yuwipi, and the robust Sioux solar Dance, which Niese participated in for sixteen years at the Rosebud reservation. His firsthand money owed supply a portal right into a sacred fact in addition to perception into the struggles of the Indian neighborhood to perpetuate its values and spiritual truths within the context of latest the USA. chiefly, The guy Who Knew the Medicine deals the chance to event the original character of a desirable person and revered healer in the course of the eyes of a pal and a student.
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The Man Who Knew the Medicine: The Teachings of Bill Eagle Feather by Henry Niese