Pete (Petaga Yuha Mani) Catches

Is your surname Catches?

Research the Catches family

Pete (Petaga Yuha Mani) Catches's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Pete (Petaga Yuha Mani) Catches

Birthplace: Pine Ridge, SD, USA
Death: Died in Manderson-White Horse Creek, SD, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Wawoyuapa (Paul) Catches and Jennie Catches
Husband of Amelia Catches
Father of <private> Catches; <private> Catches; <private> Catches and Paul W Catches
Brother of Annie Catches; Alice Catches; Lucy Catches; James Joseph "Jim" Catches; Theresa Catches and 2 others

Managed by: Justin Swanström
Last Updated:
view all 14

Immediate Family

About Pete (Petaga Yuha Mani) Catches

Pete Catches Sr. (Petaga Yuha Mani - He Who Walks With Hot Coals) lived on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota throughout his life, and for decades healed and instructed both Natives and non-Natives near his home and off the reservation. He is credited with reviving the Wiwangyang Wacipi (Sundance) among the Lakota in the early 1960's. In 1964, he was named Sundance chief by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council, the only such distinction in tribal history. Read more...

"My father was named Pete Catches Sr. and known as Petaga Yuha Mani (He who walks with hot coals). As far as we can count back he was a 37th generation medicine man. In Lakota society, to be a medicine man, it has to be in the blood line, the DNA so to speak." - Peter V. Catches, quoted in an interview with Heyoka Magazine.

Interview with his son Peter V. Catches, Jr.:

view all

Pete (Petaga Yuha Mani) Catches's Timeline

March 17, 1912
Pine Ridge, SD, USA
December 3, 1993
Age 81
Manderson-White Horse Creek, SD, USA