Damian Costello

Damian Costello is the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism (Orbis Books). He is director of post-graduate studies at NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community and the American co-chair of the Indigenous Catholic Research Fellowship.

By this Author

Black Elk, White Buffalo Woman and the mystery of the red heifer ceremony

With the red heifer ceremony, God purifies the people through the earth

St. Patrick shows us salvation is found at the heart of the world

How Christmas trees help heal the land and grow family traditions

How Charlie Brown's Christmas tree brings us back to Earth

Turkey, our national bird of gratitude, carries the seeds for a new world

The Black Madonna makes her mark in the least religious state in the US

After the Vermont floods: An Indigenous creation story shows a way forward

A buffalo skull behind the altar harkens back to the Horn of Salvation

St. Patrick and the Buddha: More alike than different?

In Vermont parishes I rediscovered the power of Moses' horns and an ox's sacrifice

The unexpected way Pope Benedict helped me learn to pray with all creation

Upon her rock, Mother Seton prays with St. Mary's Mountain

Through ceremony, the Christmas tree renews us and magnifies life

Indigenous traditions teach us giving thanks is a circular motion

Indigenous Ghost Dance teaches love of Earth and Jesus, 'He Who Makes Live'

Pope Francis' visit to Canada is a time to embrace an Indigenous future

Rediscover sacred fire on the eve of the Nativity of St. John

What St. Patrick's prayer song teaches us about connecting with the land

Re-Indigenize your faith by recognizing sweetgrass, all things as kin