I had a vision. It came from the morning star, a star whisper. I heard this voice saying.’Any understanding you ask from the morning star shall be granted to you, but ask with the sacred things, the drum, the sacred tobacco, the sacred sweet grass, and above all, with the sacred pip.’ Our dead sleep not. They tell me what I want to know. I have the power to see through things. I have only limited vision with the eyes I have in my head, but with my spiritual eyes I can see across oceans. The pipe is here to unite us, to remove the fences people put up against each other. Putting up fences is the white man’s way. He invented the barbed wire of the heart. The pipe is a fence remover. Sitting in a circle, smoking it the right way, all barriers disappear. Walls crumble.
Leonard Crow Dog (Kangi Shunka Manitou) Sioux Oglala. Leonard Crow Dog was the spiritual leader of AIM, the American Indian Movement.
The Sioux Nation consisted of 20,000 people in seven different tribes in the Great Plains region of the United States. The tribe consists of three major subdivisions: 1. Lakota 2. The Dakota or Santee 3. Nakota or Yankton. They were family oriented warriors and very spiritual people. Some famous Sioux chiefs were: 1. Chief Rain-in-the-Face — Lakota Hunkpapa 2. Chief Red Cloud — Oglala Lakota 3. Chief Gall – Hunkpapa Sioux 4. Medicine Man Sitting Bull or Tatanka Iyotake — Hunkpapa
Courtesy of Native American Wisdom Alan Jacobs & Mick Gidley