Black Elk Speaks was pretty emotional. The genocide of the American Indian is a sad story, to say the least. Also, there were a few quotes from Black Elk in there that were absolutely stunning.
"Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking."
"And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing things in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being."
And, my personal favorite excerpt from Black Elk's words of wisdom:
"Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop."
I'm now starting on "Sacred Vine of Spirits - Ayahuasca" a collection of essays that are edited by Ralph Metzner.