“Black Elk Speaks is a classic … The Premier Edition is indispensable. Raymond J. DeMallie enriches the original text while respectfully and sincerely acknowledging and appreciating the original and Neihardt’s creativity, adding to the continuing legacy of Black Elk.” Canadian Journal of Native Studies
“This is the first edition of Black Elk Speaks that includes annotations by a scholar of Lakota history … [and] extends Neihardt’s work to a wider audience and honors Black Elk’s vision of the interconnection of human beings with all living creatures and the earth in a way that speaks to contemporary environmental issues.” American Indian Quarterly
“…the compelling story of a cross-cultural collaboration that continues to engage scholars and lay readers alike.” CHOICE
“If this title is not yet in your home or school library … take note of the surprisingly low price and the high quality of what SUNY Press calls the Premier Edition of this great work.” Light of Consciousness
“If any great religious classic has emerged in this century or on this continent, it must certainly be judged in the company of Black Elk Speaks … [T]he book has become a North American bible of all tribes … it speaks to us with simple and compelling language about an aspect of human experience and encourages us to emphasize the best that dwells within us…” Vine Deloria Jr.
“The experience of Black Elk … comes to one great statement, which for me is a key statement to the understanding of myth and symbols.” Joseph Campbell in an interview with Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth
“It is sufficient that Black Elk Speaks is an extraordinarily human documentand beyond that the record of a profoundly spiritual journey, the pilgrimage of a people towards their historical fulfillment and culmination, towards the accomplishment of a worthy destiny.” N. Scott Momaday
“If a religious text of powerful import occurred in the twentieth century, it was Black Elk Speaks. If both Eastern (Buddhist/Taoist) and Western (Judeo-Christian/Muslim) religious canons are to be challenged and grounded in new theology, a major source will be Black Elk Speaks.” Whole Earth, 2000