Black Elk and Flaming Rainbow: Personal Memories of the Lakota Holy Man and John Neihardt

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U of Nebraska Press, Sep 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 158 pages
In 1931 John Neihardt traveled to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to interview Lakota elders who had witnessed the Ghost Dance and the Wounded Knee Massacre. He met Black Elk, and their two weeks of intense talks became Black Elk Speaks, one of the most important biographies of an American Indian ever published. Accompanying John Neihardt to help him observe and to take notes were his two daughters, Enid and Hilda.



For the first time Hilda Neihardt presents her memories of those interviews. She celebrates the days and nights of storytelling, camping, feasting, and horseback riding with the fresh eyes of a bright fourteen year old. The volume includes never-before-published photographs and answers many questions about the collaboration between the Lakota holy man and her father, called Peta Wigamou-Gke, or Flaming Rainbow.

 

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Contents

An Accidental Meeting
2
Black Elks Home
30
These Many Grasses
40
The Vision Is Completed
62
We Hear about Big Battles
68
A Book Becomes Reality
99
Transcription of a Videotaped Conversation
123
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About the author (1999)

Hilda Neihardt lives on the west bank of the Missouri River near Tekamah, Nebraska. For years a private attorney, she now devotes much of her time to presentations in schools and to service organizations.

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