Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala

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This biography of Black Elk is based on extensive interviews with Lucy Looks Twice, the holy man’s last surviving child, as well as others who knew him personally. Michael F. Steltenkamp sheds new light on the figure portrayed in Black Elk Speaks as a victim of Western subjugation, doomed to live out his life as a relic of the past. Instead, Steltenkamp reveals that in 1904 Black Elk was baptized a Catholic and subsequently served as a devoted catechist and missionary to his fellow American Indians until his ...

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Norman, OK 1997 Soft Cover First Edition, 3rd Printing New in None as Issued jacket BRAND NEW Copy. Biography of Lakota Sioux elder Black Elk (1863-1950) based on ... interviews/conversations with Black Elk's surviving friends and relatives, in particular, his daughter Lucy Looks Twice. Long ranked as the most important Native American religious figure, this work reveals Black Elk was baptized a Catholic in 1904 and was a missionary of his adopted faith until his death. Read more Show Less

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Norman 1997 Hardcover 240 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. NATIVE AMERICANS. This biography of Black Elk is based on extensive interviews with Lucy Looks Twice, ... the holy man's last surviving child, as well as others who knew him personally. Michael F. Steltenkamp sheds new light on the figure portrayed in Black Elk Speaks as a victim of Western subjugation, doomed to live out his life as a relic of the past. Instead, Steltenkamp reveals that in 1904 Black Elk was baptized a Catholic and subsequently served as a devoted catechist and missionary to his fellow American Indians until his death in 1950. Jesuit Father Michael F. Steltenkamp is Professor of Religious Studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the author of Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala and The Sacred Vision: Native American Religion and Its Practice Today. Ordained a deacon on the pow-wow grounds of Manderson (Black Elk's reservation town), Steltenkamp was ordained a priest in Chicago. His first a Read more Show Less

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This biography of Black Elk is based on extensive interviews with Lucy Looks Twice, the holy man’s last surviving child, as well as others who knew him personally. Michael F. Steltenkamp sheds new light on the figure portrayed in Black Elk Speaks as a victim of Western subjugation, doomed to live out his life as a relic of the past. Instead, Steltenkamp reveals that in 1904 Black Elk was baptized a Catholic and subsequently served as a devoted catechist and missionary to his fellow American Indians until his death in 1950.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Black Elk Speaks 1932 and The Sacred Pipe 1953, John Neihardt portrayed the Lakota Sioux elder Black Elk as a 19th-century figure, steeped in memories of pre-reservation life. In this scholarly study, Steltenkamp revises these nostalgic portraits of the Sioux spiritual leader as a victim of Western subjugation, showing that he preached Christianity to his people in his later life and used this consciousness to push them to renewal. The author, professor of anthropology at Bay Mills Community College in Mich., bases much of his study on the recollections of Black Elk's daughter, Lucy Looks Twice, whom he met while teaching on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. ``After he became a convert to Catholicism, in 1904 and started working for the missionaries,'' Lucy, who died in 1978, remembers, ``he put all his medicine practice away. He never took it up again.'' Steltenkamp's prose is pedestrian ``Here was an amazing story and a humorous tale being told . . . '', but his book should spur re-evaluation of views ``concerning the adaptation of Lakota people to changing times.'' Illustrations not seen by PW . Sept.
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In this biography of Black Elk (1863-1950), based on extensive interviews with Lucy Looks Twice, the holy man's last surviving child, and others who knew him personally, Steltenkamp sheds new light on the life of one of the world's best-known religious figures-- particularly the 50 or so years not covered by Black Elk's first- person accounts of his early life in Black Elk Speaks and The Sacred Pipe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806129884
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Jesuit Father Michael F. Steltenkamp is Professor of Religious Studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the author of Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala and The Sacred Vision: Native American Religion and Its Practice Today. Ordained a deacon on the pow-wow grounds of Manderson (Black Elk's reservation town), Steltenkamp was ordained a priest in Chicago. His first assignment was as pastor of an Indian parish in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. After acquiring a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Michigan State University, he taught at Bay Mills Community College, an Indian college on the Bay Mills Reservation.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Lakota Culture 3
2 Genealogy 16
3 Conversion 29
4 Catechist 44
5 Missionary 62
6 Life Story 79
7 Sacred Visions 93
8 Elder 112
9 Farewell 128
10 Evaluations 143
Epilogue 175
Notes 177
Bibliography 195
Index 206
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