1863 - Black Elk was born in December is a Oglala Sioux shaman.
1876 - He participated in the Battle of Little Big Horn.
1890 - Wounded in the massacre that occurred at Wounded Knee.
1887 - Traveled to England with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
1892 - Black Elk married his first wife, Katie War Bonnett.
1932 - Collaborated with John Neihardt to produce oral history "Black Elk Speaks: The Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux".
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- "Hear me, four quarters of the world - a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds."
- "He was so narrow-minded he could see through a keyhole with two eyes."
- "Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--is the key to unlocking our potential."