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In the Indian context, of c ourse, we are talking about spirits. The famous O glala medicine man Horn Chips had a similar exp erience, and he was thought to be the greatest medicine man of his generation. His descendants are today among the most prominent and p owerful practitioners of the old powers in the Sioux tribe. 12 D R E A M S -T H E A P P ROA C H OF T H E SACRED * HORN CHIPS ' S BLESSING On his way to a lonely spot to end his life, he heard a voice who said it was that of the Great Spirit.
A b eing will finally appear, it is thought, who will give him the gift of magic, the power to assume animal shapes, to walk through fire unharmed, through water without b eing drowned, to translate him s elf through the air with the quickness of thought, to control the ele ments, to walk on water and the like. "23 As we have already seen, Siya'ka, the Hunkpapa spiritual leader, discussed his motivation for undertaking the vision quest even though he had already received p owers from the crow and the owl.
Then I saw a fine warrior sit ting on the ground before me, smoking my pipe. You must never change it. "27 29 � TH E WORLD WE U S E D TO LIVE IN Francis Parkman recorded another unique vision in his book The Oregon Trail. In this vision, a young man was told to avoid warfare and devote his life to seeking ways to reduce tensions and quarrels within the tribe and to seeking p eace with other tribes. This vision coincides with Charles Eastman's statement that the Sioux were b eginning to adopt peaceful ways j ust prior to the onset of the wars against them.
The World We Used to Live In: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men by Vine Deloria Jr.