Black Hawk and Indian Spirit Guides
Black Hawk was a famous leader and warrior of the Sauk American Indian Nation. Contrary to popular belief, he was not a hereditary civil chief of the Sauk, though he did inherit a sacred medicine bundle. Rather, he was an appointed war chief. During the War of 1812, Black Hawk fought on the side of the British. Later he led a band of Sauk and Fox warriors against settlers in Illinois and present-day Wisconsin in the 1832 Black Hawk War. After the war, he was captured and taken to the eastern United States, where he and other British band leaders toured several cities. Black Hawk died in 1838 in what is now southeastern Iowa.
Father Black Hawk is invoked routinely by the bishops in the Spiritualist churches in New Orleans. His altar in the Spiritualist church is that of a teepee with a plate of incense on the floor in the front. He is frequently found alongside images of St. Michael, guardian of Israel, and Dr. Martin Luther King. This trinity represents three oppressed races and functions as a symbol of strength and victory. Rootworkers who serve him keep him in a metal bucket with sand or dirt, along with a hatchet, tomahawk, and a spear. Father Black Hawk is petitioned by individuals from their homes. He is typically evoked for help with money and protection, justice, release from prison, to win court cases, and to overcome tragedy. He is the consummate warrior, and wants to fight your battles for you. They say he will come to those who have enough patience to sit still and wait for him.
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