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

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U of Nebraska Press, 1932 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
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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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Fascinating book

User Review  - marrii - Overstock.com

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

A book that should be in every collection

User Review  - thomasomaha - Overstock.com

This book shares a history and a tradition as well as many facets of native american faith doctrine and culture. It is a one on one conversation with Black Elk who was related to Crazy Horse its very ... Read full review

Contents

THE OFFERING OF THE PIPE
1
EARLY BOYHOOD
7
THE GREAT VISION
20
THE BISON HUNT
48
AT THE SOLDIERSTOWN
61
HIGH HORSES COURTING
67
WASICHUS IN THE HILLS
77
THE FIGHT WITH THREE STARS
92
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 MESSIAH
230
VISIONS OF THE OTHER WORLD
239
BAD TROUBLE COMING
248

THE RUBBING OUT OF LONG HAIR
105
WALKING THE BLACK ROAD
131
THE KILLING OF CRAZY HORSE
140
GRANDMOTHERS LAND
146
THE COMPELLING FEAR
156
THE BUTCHERING AT WOUNDED KNEE
255
THE END OF THE DREAM
263
LETTER FROM JOHN G NEIHARDT
277
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About the author (1932)

Internationally known for "Black Elk Speaks," John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) was a noted author in several genres. His essays and literary criticism are collected in "Knowledge and Opinion" (Nebraska 2002).

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