Lakota Vision Quest – A Man Among The Helpers
This book is my personal story of stepping into the world of Lakota Sioux ceremonies. My story and the information contained in this book are based on my personal experience with Lakota Sioux beliefs and rituals. This book describes Native American ceremonies including Vision Quest, Sweat Lodge, Sacred Pipe, and the Native American Sundance. I was an outsider, raised in another culture but still welcomed with open arms into this ancient way of life.
In my youth I set up the altar for sacred Lakota Yuwipi ceremonies, working with Benjamin Godfrey Chipps, a Spiritual Interpreter of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, a practitioner of the Yuwipi ceremony with blood links to its originator. My education in traditional Native American religious beliefs and culture lasted over 17 years. Through this process I learned the healing powers of the earth.
During my training I was taught healing practices that can be traced back to the foundations of the Earth. Through the ceremonies I came into my own relationship and understanding of these sacred traditions. I became a “Helper”, working with the sacred powers of the world to assist humanity to return to balance and true Health and Happiness.
This book is a continuation of my responsibility to preserve these ancient ways for all of humankind. Through the book, A Man Among The Helpers, people are introduced to these sacred ceremonies and the concept of becoming a Helper.
These sacred ceremonies are gifts to all humankind to help us live and continue life upon the Earth. I would like to invite you to become a Helper, empowering you to use your own gifts and passion to heal the world. Each of us has a sacred purpose which can be unlocked and understood though ceremony. Join me in becoming a Helper and fulfill your destiny.
Salvatore Gencarelle is a cultural bridge between Lakota healing ceremonies and the modern world. His intensive mentoring period required both dedication and sacrifice, spending 17 years as a ceremonial guide, creator, singer, and mentor under the direct supervision of a Native American healer. It was through this process he earned the responsibility to pass the teachings on.
Salvatore is also an artist, photographer, freelance writer, a musician, and a healer working both the traditions of the Lakota and the modern world. He currently travels across the country teaching and helping others learn from his experience.