Search text must be between 2 and 255 characters.

 

Black Elk Speaks

John Gneisenau Niehardt

Character Analysis Whirlwind Chaser

Whirlwind Chaser, Standing Bear's uncle, is the medicine man who is paid to cure Black Elk of the illness he suffers at the time of his great vision (see Chapter 3). He acquired a reputation and a horse for bringing Black Elk back to life, which Black Elk views somewhat ironically. He is not a fully developed character, appearing only in Chapter 4, but he is important in recognizing and informing Black Elk's parents of the fact that Black Elk has had a genuinely sacred experience.