A Sender of Words: Essays in Memory of John G. Neihardt

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Author of more than thirty books of poetry, Western history, stories, fiction, biography, criticism, and Native studies, John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) was born in Illinois, taught for many years at the University of Missouri, and was named by act of legislature Poet Laureate of Nebraska and the Prairies. Neihardt was devoted to his ideals of art, spirit, humanity, and understanding. This volume brings together fourteen lifelong admirers, who ...
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Overview


Author of more than thirty books of poetry, Western history, stories, fiction, biography, criticism, and Native studies, John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) was born in Illinois, taught for many years at the University of Missouri, and was named by act of legislature Poet Laureate of Nebraska and the Prairies. Neihardt was devoted to his ideals of art, spirit, humanity, and understanding. This volume brings together fourteen lifelong admirers, who each contribute a portrait or an appreciation of this American original.
 
Best known for his 1932 classic Black Elk Speaks, done in collaboration with the Lakota holy man Nicholas Black Elk, Neihardt is also justly regarded as an epic poet, travel writer, newspaperman, teacher, mystic, and spokesman for the beauty of the Great Plains and the drama of ordinary and exceptional lives.
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Editorial Reviews

Dee Brown

“His musical words are being read and spoken in some part of this wide earth every hour of every day.”

—Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

N. Scott Momaday

“It is through the intercession of John Neihardt that we have access to a principal worldview of one of the major tribes of American Indians.”

Dee Brown

“His musical words are being read and spoken in some part of this wide earth every hour of every day.”—Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
N. Scott Momaday

“It is through the intercession of John Neihardt that we have access to a principal worldview of one of the major tribes of American Indians.”—N. Scott Momaday
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803266476
  • Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Vine Deloria Jr. is the author of Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto and Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact.
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Table of Contents

A chronology of books by John G. Neihardt
Introduction 1
A poet's influence : tributes
1 The power of John Neihardt 5
2 Neihardt and the vision of Black Elk 12
3 The poet beyond Black Elk 25
4 To save a great vision 30
5 Those Western American darks 39
6 The enduring presence of John Neihardt 46
A poet's work : commentaries
7 Neihardt's journey on the Missouri 59
8 Trappers and Indians - Neihardt's short stories 72
9 Neihardt and the Western landscape 85
10 Neihardt, Collier and the continuity of Indian life 100
11 John G. Neihardt's Lakota legacy 110
12 Black Elk - new world prophet 135
13 Nicolaus Black Elk : holy man in history 143
14 Renewing the sacred hoop 159
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