Black Elk's Religion: The Sun Dance and Lakota Catholicism

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Syracuse University Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 246 pages
"In this religious history of the spiritual life of the great Lakota leader Black Elk, Clyde Holler reconstructs the development of the Lakota Sun Dance--the central religious ritual of the Lakota tradition, which is essential to understanding Black Elk's thought. This comprehensive study of the dance, which was banned by the U.S. government in 1883, shows how Black Elk adapted the dance to the conditions and circumstances of reservation life and reinterpreted it in terms commensurate with Christianity. A creative thinker, rather than a passive informant on his people's past, Black Elk was both a sincere traditionalist and a sincere Christian, seeing the two religious traditions as expressions of the sacred"--Back cover.
 

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Contents

The Search for the Historical Black Elk
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The Classic Sun Dance Observed 18661882
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The Classic Sun Dance Remembered 18871911
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The Sun Dance Under Ban 188319341952
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Black Elk and the Revival of the Sun Dance
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Bibliography
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