Black Elk speaks: being the life story of a holy man of the Oglala Sioux

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University of Nebraska Press, 1989 - 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 Lakotas’ 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 Elk’s 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 Elk’s 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
7
THE GREAT VISION
20
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

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).