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The word Heyóka refers to the Lakota concept of a sacred clown or jester within Native Indian American culture. The same concept existed in many other tribes but with a different name. Heyoka are thought of as being backwards-forwards, upside-down, or contrary in nature. The concept is also related to the Hanged Man in the Tarot. See also Jester.
Lame Deer Seeker of Visions – John Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes
We call the heyoka a two faced, backward forward, upside down, contrary fool, but he is an honest two faced. He works backward openly.
If a person dreamed of a swallow, lizard, snowbird or nighthawk, or if they saw a Thunderbird in their dreams, then they were destined to become a Heyoka.
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