Sacred Fireplace (Oceti Wakan): Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man is a collection of writings, speeches, philosophical perspectives, and commentary on Lakota Sioux worldview and ceremonies. Peter S. Catches is the respected medicine man from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. His son, Peter V. Catches, compiled the writings so that readers can learn firsthand about the life and insights of a revered spiritual leader. The elder Catches is credited with reviving the Sun Dance ceremony on the Pine Ridge Reservation during the 1960s. His calling to be a medicine man and spiritual leader was difficult but he accepted the vision and prepared himself to maintain the traditions passed down to him through the oral teachings. Included in this collection are autobiographical accounts of his life, legends, stories and anecdotes about his travels, and his personal views on a variety of contemporary issues. Catches lived during the tumultuous time of Wounded Knee during the early 1970s and he recounts his role in the negotiations between federal and tribal officials. His views regarding Lakota spiritual and religious beliefs, including the Seven Sacred Rites and their role in Lakota culture are detailed. The book contains several black and white photographs and a glossary of Lakota terms and their English meanings. This book makes compelling reading because the writings reflect the personal values, beliefs, and views of a contemporary spiritual leader.