Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks

Paperback - 2014
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This is the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. It is at once a tale of Lakota life, a history of a Native nation, and an enduring spiritual testament, wherein the author conveys Black Elk's searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth. Black Elk met the author, a distinguished poet, writer, and critic in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and asked him to share his story with the world. This complete edition features a new introduction and annotations of Black Elk's story. Three essays by the author provide background, along with other pieces by contributors, as well as original illustrations by Standing Bear..
Published: Lincoln :, University of Nebraska Press,, [2014]
Edition: Complete edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780803283916
Branch Call Number: 978.0049 BLA
Characteristics: xxxviii, 369 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Neihardt, John G. 1881-1973


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DBRL_READER Nov 07, 2013

The subtitle is: “Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux.”

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Jan 06, 2019

Definitely not one I would choose. It was for a book club. I find this so-called spiritual examinations of native life to be unintelligible and unbelievable. It is not recommended

Aug 28, 2017

I have read enough about the sad, sad, violence but still interested in the culture.

I read this 20 years ago. Just finished the complete bio and history of the Lakota by Joe Jackson. It is more complete story of everyone associated with writings about Black Elk including a history of the Northern Plains Indians. Highly recommend both.

Sep 04, 2012

I really liked this book but after reading the premier annotated edition I kind of wish that I had read the Sixth Grandfather instead, because that is a direct transcription of Black Elk's words, whereas Neihardt's voice and thoughts come through a lot in this one. (E.g., Neihardt portrays Black Elk as thinking negatively of Christianity and white men, but these are added flourishes; Black Elk worked in a Christian church and thought there were a lot of beneficial concepts in Christian teachings.)


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