Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, the Premier Edition

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SUNY Press, Oct 16, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
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Widely hailed as a spiritual classic, this inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and the tragic history of his Sioux people during the epic closing decades of the Old West. In 1930, the aging Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota elder chose Neihardt to share his visions and life with the world. Neihardt understood and today Black Elk is known to all.

Black Elk’s remarkable great vision came to him during a time of decimation and loss, when outsiders were stealing the Lakotas’ land, slaughtering buffalo, and threatening their age-old way of life. As Black Elk remembers all too well, the Lakotas, led by such legendary men as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, fought unceasingly for their freedom, winning a world-renowned victory at the Little Bighorn and suffering unspeakable losses at Wounded Knee.

Black Elk Speaks however is more than the epic history of a valiant Native nation. It is beloved as a spiritual classic because of John Neihardt’s sensitivity to Black Elk’s resounding vision of the wholeness of earth, her creatures, and all of humanity. Black Elk Speaks is a once-in-a-lifetime read: the moving story of a young Lakota boy before the reservation years, the unforgettable history of an American Indian nation, or an enduring spiritual message for us all.

The premier edition features the first ever annotated edition of Black Elk’s story, done by renowned Lakota scholar Raymond Demallie, the original Standing Bear illustrations and new commentary on them, new maps of the world of Black Elk Speaks, and a revised index.
  

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Fascinating book

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I read this book a few years ago, it is an actual account of Black Elk's life from childhood to adulthood. It describes the indians deep spirituality and the visions of Black Elk. It also tells the ... Read full review

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I am reading Black Elk Speaks in my junior english class and so far I love it. I think it is a very good book, I also think that many people should read it.

Contents

1 The Offering of the Pipe
1
2 Early Boyhood
7
3The Great Vision
17
4 The Bison Hunt
37
5 At the Soldiers Town
47
6High Horses Courting
53
7 Wasichus in the Hills
61
8 The Fight with Three Stars
73
17 The First Cure
155
18 The Powers of the Bison and the Elk
163
19 Across the Big water
171
20 The Spirit Journey
179
21 The Messiah
185
22 Vision of the Other World
193
23 Bad Trouble Coming
201
24 The Butchering at Wounded Knee
207

9 The Rubbing Out of Long Hair
83
10 Walking the Black Road
103
11 The Killing of Crazy Horse
111
12 Grandmothers Land
115
13 The Compelling Fear
123
The Horse Dance
129
15 The Dog Vision
141
16 Heyoka Ceremony
149
25 The End of the Dream
213
26Neihardts Postscript
219
Appendix 1
223
John G Neihardt and Nicholas Black Elk
289
References
317
Index
325
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-->Raymond J. DeMallie-->, who holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago, is Professor of Anthropology in Indiana University.

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