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An Introduction to Lakota Spirituality and Healing

An Introduction to Lakota Spirituality and Healing

August 11, 2013 10:00AM - 4:00PM


Presented by William K. Powers, PhD

Dr. Powers is recognized as an international authority on Native American cultures and particularly the Lakota with whom he has lived and worked for over a half century. He is the author of Oglala Religion, Yuwipi: Vision and Experience in Oglala Ritual, Beyond the Vision, and Sacred Language: The Nature of Supernatural Discourse in Lakota, which has recently been reprinted by his publishing company, Lakota Books.

His focus has been on Lakota language, music, dance, and religion which he learned when he was a boy from spiritual leaders at the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. He has lectured widely at leading universities throughout the United Sates and Europe. He is presently writing a book of English translations of Lakota songs from the late 19th century. For more information visit him at

10:00-11:30 -   The spiritual universe and environmental influences on Lakota culture: natural resources, land, flora, fauna and the special place of sacred healing helpers among animals, birds; insects; the special place of sacred stones. Visions as the source of healing power. The Vision Quest and the Sweat Lodge.

11:30-11:45 -  Coffee break

11:45-12:30 - Symbolizing the universe through the use of sacred numbers, sacred, colors, animals and birds. Inktomi, the Spider, who mediates between Nature and Culture.Winkte Male as Female healer.

12:30-1:00 - Lunch (Bring your own and continue the conversation.)

1:00-2:30 - The making of a Wicasa wakan/ Winyan Wakan (medicine man/medicine woman). Initial calling. First vision. The affirmation. The Apprenticeship. The Healing method. The loss of power. Indian sickness vs Whiteman’s sickness. Medicine Man vs. Psychiatrist.

2:30-2:45 - Coffee break

2:45-4:00 - The importance of the Sun and Moon as a focus of Lakota religion. The meaning of wi (the material aspect of Sun and Moon). Healing in the Sun Dance Ceremony. Mitakuye Oyas’in (All My Relations). The Lakota concept “Only the Earth Lives Forever.”

Henala yelo. (The End) 


Earlier Event: August 10
Trance Gallery with Nini Grace
Later Event: August 27
Reiki Level I Attunement