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

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

American Indian Culture and Research Journal
“A tranquil portrait of an obviously well-loved father set in a period of youthful excitement and a tangential romance with all things Lakota . . . The style is easy to read and informative and does add new dimensions to the Black Elk interviews.”—American Indian Culture and Research Journal
Nebraska History
“A wonderful mix of the treasured memories of a young girl’s enthusiasm and of her youthful recognition of the importance of her father’s and Black Elk’s work together.”—Nebraska History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803283763
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
The Wild Ones 1
Back Home in Branson 4
An Accidental Meeting 12
A Book Is Conceived 17
We Travel to Black Elk's Home 22
Black Elk's Home at Last 30
Our Hosts, the Black Elks 33
The Interviews Begin 36
Interlude at Chadron: "These Many Grasses . . ." 40
A Home of Our Own at Last 42
An Old-Time Feast 45
Black Elk Begins the Great Vision 50
How It Was 54
The Sacred Hoop 57
The Vision Is Completed 62
The Story Continues 64
We Hear about Big Battles 68
The Horse Dance 71
With the Wild West Show 73
We Learn and Visit at Wounded Knee 75
Cuny Table in the Badlands 79
Gifts Are Given 83
We Learn More, but the End Is in Sight 87
The Vision Revisited 90
It Was All Over 96
A Book Becomes Reality 99
At Home Again in Branson and Our Return to Wounded Knee 104
The 1944 Interviews 110
We Lose Black Elk, Ben, Neihardt, Leo, and Lucy 113
And Now Today 120
Appendix: Remembering Black Elk (Transcription of a Videotaped Conversation between Ben Black Elk and John Neihardt) 122
Index 131
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