Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, the Premier Edition
SUNY Press, Oct 16, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
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 bookUser 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
I loved this book! It really opened my eyes to better understand the Sioux culture and way of life before the "whites" came and eradicated all that was valued. I always knew that the Native Americans were treated unfairly but this book is written from the perspective of someone who experienced the hardships and wars that were unjust. It also propelled me to investigate further into Native American religion and the ghost dance movement. I think this book should be required to read in all US high schools. This is such a beautiful and powerful story!
1 The Offering of the Pipe
2 Early Boyhood
3The Great Vision
4 The Bison Hunt
5 At the Soldiers Town
6High Horses Courting
7 Wasichus in the Hills
8 The Fight with Three Stars
17 The First Cure
18 The Powers of the Bison and the Elk
19 Across the Big water
20 The Spirit Journey
21 The Messiah
22 Vision of the Other World
23 Bad Trouble Coming
24 The Butchering at Wounded Knee
9 The Rubbing Out of Long Hair
10 Walking the Black Road
11 The Killing of Crazy Horse
12 Grandmothers Land
13 The Compelling Fear
The Horse Dance
15 The Dog Vision
16 Heyoka Ceremony