Thursday, August 28, 2003

On the death of John Geogan…

“I could see that the Wasichus (“white man”--Sioux) did not care for each other the way our people did before our nation’s hoop was broken. They would take everything from each other if they could, and so there were some who had more of everything than they could use, while crowds of people had nothing at all and maybe were starving. They had forgotten that the earth was their mother. This could not be better than the old ways of my people.

There was a prisoner’s house on an island where the big water came up to the town, and we saw that one day. Men pointed guns at the prisoners and made them move around like animals in a cage. This made me very sad, because my people were penned up in islands, and maybe that was the way the Wasichus were going to treat them.”
---Black Elk, Sioux, as told to John G. Neihart and recorded in the book, Black Elk Speaks