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

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U of Nebraska Press, 1979 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
The most famous Native American book ever written, Black Elk Speaks is the acclaimed story of Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863_1950) and his people during the momentous, twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk grew up in a time when white settlers were invading the Lakotasę homeland, decimating buffalo herds and threatening to extinguish their way of life. Black Elk and other Lakotas fought back, a dogged resistance that resulted in a remarkable victory at the Little Bighorn and an unspeakable tragedy at Wounded Knee.

Beautifully told through the celebrated poet and writer John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks offers much more than a life story. Black Elkęs profound and arresting religious visions of the unity of humanity and the world around him have transformed his account into a venerated spiritual classic. Whether appreciated as a collaborative autobiography, a history of a Native American nation, or an enduring spiritual testament for all humankind, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.

This special edition features all three prefaces to Black Elk Speaks that John G. Neihardt wrote at different points in his life, a map of Black Elkęs world, a reset text with Lakota words reproduced using the latest orthographic standards, and color paintings by Lakota artist Standing Bear that have not been widely available for decades.

 

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User Review  - Stahl-Ricco - LibraryThing

A powerful book, and a sad book. Black Elk tells of his life and in that story we learn so much! His peoples names for the months, the significance of circles to the native people, their customs and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stahl-Ricco - LibraryThing

A powerful book, and a sad book. Black Elk tells of his life and in that story we learn so much! His peoples names for the months, the significance of circles to the native people, their customs and ... Read full review

Contents

THE OFFERING OF THE PIPE
1
EARLY BOYHOOD
9
THE GREAT Vision
20
THE BISON HUNT
48
AT THE soldiers Town
61
HIGH HORSEs courTING
67
WASICHUS IN THE Hills
77
THE FIGHT WITH THREE STARS
92
THE KILLING OF CRAZY HORSE
140
GRANDMOTHERs LAND
146
THE COMPELLING FEAR
156
THE HORSE DANCE
162
THE DOG VISION
177
HEYOKA CEREMONY
188
THE FIRST CURE
194
THE POWERS OF THE BISON AND THE ELK
204

THE RUBBING OUT OF LONG HAIR
105
WALKING THE BLACK ROAD
131

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