Lakota Holy Man Nicholas Black Elk

The photo of Black Elk praying the Rosary with his daughter, Lucy Looks Twice (see below), is priceless. You have to love the Indian names, don’t you?

National Catholic Register, Peter Jesserer Smith: Basil Brave Heart remembers the day his father pointed him to the great Lakota holy man and Catholic catechist, Nicholas Black Elk, whose cause for canonization was formally opened Saturday by the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota.

At a potato farm in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Brave Heart’s family was working on one row that seemed to stretch as far as the eye could see. Black Elk and his family were working on the next row and had stopped to quench their thirst.

“He said to me in Lakota, ‘The man that’s standing over there: That’s Black Elk,’” Brave Heart told the Register. Read article here.