Catches, Pete

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Also known as Petaya Yuha Mani and Walks With Hot Coals
Lakota (Native American) holy man

Catches was orphaned and then raised in a Catholic mission school. When he left the mission he gradually became involved in traditional Lakota beliefs, reducing his Catholic commitment as traditional religion became more important to him. He was a leader in the Eagle Ceremony, the Sun Dance ritual and the Half-Moon Peyote religion. In later life he rejected most or all European technology.


Hirschfelder, Arlene, and Molin, Paulette. Encyclopedia of Native American Religions: An Introduction. (New York: Facts on File, 1992)
Catches, Pete and Catches, Peter V. Sacred Fireplace: Life and Teachings of a Lakoka Medicine Man. (Santa F, NM: Clear Light Publishing, 1999)


Native American and Alaskan Native, Inuit
20th Century
Native American and Alaskan Native Religions
Orphaned (Both Parents)
Institutional Care
Parent(s) Died, Disappeared or Became Incapacitated
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