In one of his visions, Black Elk describes being taken to the center of the earth, and to the central mountain of the world. Mythologist Joseph Campbell notes that an “axis mundi, the central point, the pole around which all revolves…the point where stillness and movement are together…” is a theme in several other religions, as well. Campbell viewed Black Elk’s statement as key to understanding worldwide religious myth and symbols in general. Campbell, Joseph(1991)The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers)p.111.
The Vatican is considering sainthood for Black Elk.