Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, the Premier Edition

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The famous story of the Lakota healer and visionary, Nicholas Black Elk.

Widely hailed as a spiritual classic, this inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and the tragic history of his Sioux people during the epic closing decades of the Old West. In 1930, the aging Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in ...

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The famous story of the Lakota healer and visionary, Nicholas Black Elk.

Widely hailed as a spiritual classic, this inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and the tragic history of his Sioux people during the epic closing decades of the Old West. In 1930, the aging Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota elder chose Neihardt to share his visions and life with the world. Neihardt understood and today Black Elk is known to all.

Black Elk’s remarkable great vision came to him during a time of decimation and loss, when outsiders were stealing the Lakotas’ land, slaughtering buffalo, and threatening their age-old way of life. As Black Elk remembers all too well, the Lakotas, led by such legendary men as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, fought unceasingly for their freedom, winning a world-renowned victory at the Little Bighorn and suffering unspeakable losses at Wounded Knee.

Black Elk Speaks however is more than the epic history of a valiant Native nation. It is beloved as a spiritual classic because of John Neihardt’s sensitivity to Black Elk’s resounding vision of the wholeness of earth, her creatures, and all of humanity. Black Elk Speaks is a once-in-a-lifetime read: the moving story of a young Lakota boy before the reservation years, the unforgettable history of an American Indian nation, or an enduring spiritual message for us all.

The premier edition features the first ever annotated edition of Black Elk’s story, done by renowned Lakota scholar Raymond Demallie, the original Standing Bear illustrations and new commentary on them, new maps of the world of Black Elk Speaks, and a revised index.

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“Black Elk Speaks is a must read book for anyone interested in the history of the Western Plains. It brings out both the romantic mythology of the West pictured today and the darker reality of the past.” — Midwest Book Review

“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 document—and 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438425405
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Excelsior Editions
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Maps

Preface to the 1932 Edition

Preface to the 1961 Edition

Preface to the 1972 Edition

1. The Offering of the Pipe

2. Early Boyhood

3. The Great Vision

4. The Bison Hunt

5. At the Soldiers’ Town

6. High Horse’s Courting

7. Wasichus in the Hills

8. The Fight with Three Stars

9. The Rubbing Out of Long Hair

10. Walking the Black Road

11. The Killing of Crazy Horse

12. Grandmother’s Land

13. The Compelling Fear

14. The Horse Dance

15. The Dog Vision

16. Heyoka Ceremony

17. The First Cure

18. The Powers of the Bison and the Elk

19. Across the Big Water

20. The Spirit Journey

21. The Messiah

22. Visions of the Other World

23. Bad Trouble Coming

24. The Butchering at Wounded Knee

25. The End of the Dream

26. Neihardt’s Postscript

Appendix 1. Letter from Neihardt to Black Elk, 6 November 1930

The Drawings by Black Elk’s Friend, Standing Bear

John g. Neihardt and Nicholas Black Elk

References
Index

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Black Elk

    This biography by Neihardt is very enlightening into the life of an Oglala Medicine Man. The audience begins with the story of the peace pipe and into the life of Black Elk. Black Elk's visions are stunning and the pictures in this special edition enhance the story. You may want to glance at the notes in the margin as they help explain some of the instances where Neihardt may not have had the proper translation or added to the biography to make the text flow a little better. The text also recounts the Battle of Wounded Knee from the eyes of the Sioux. Think your history textbook taught you everything you should know about Native Americans? Try this instead.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 1999

    Great Book, quick read!

    This was an excellent account of Sioux history from a Native American point of view. I read this book in 2 days it is very interesting and easy to read. I liked the fact that they poked fun at themselves and the soldiers. The visions are very descriptive. Black Elk was involved in most of the well known historical points for the Sioux. If you like Native American History or Culture you will enjoy this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000

    Black Elk Speaks

    Black Elk Speaks, as told through John G. Neihardt, is a life story about a true warrior. All his life he defended his land, family, and his freedom. The Oglala Sioux will remember Black Elk¿s presence forever; he was and is an inspiration for the Native Americans. The Oglala Sioux only fought the Wasichus when they felt their family and land was threatened. Neihardt states, ¿Crazy Horse fought the Washicus only when they came to kill us in our own land¿ (p. 143). To kill someone in his land for no reason was downright cruel. The Oglala Sioux spent most of the nineteenth century protecting themselves and their culture. Their valiant efforts lost the war against the Wasichus. Black Elk¿s dream, like many other Native American¿s dreams, is simply to live off the land with his family and not be disturbed. The Wasichus made this virtually impossible by building railroads throughout their land. The railroads separated the Oglala Sioux¿s lifeline, which was the bison. Without bison, the Oglala Sioux couldn¿t survive. The Oglala Sioux had a difficult time protecting their land. It¿s hard protecting something without the numbers and the necessary weapons. The Oglala Sioux¿s dream died in their own land, along with the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch. That¿s a tragic sight to see for a young boy, which Black Elk saw with his young eyes. Black Elk expressed his feelings about the disaster created by the Washicus and his inability to change the situation. ¿And I, to whom so great a vision was given in my youth, - you see me now a pitiful old man who has done nothing, for the nation¿s hoop is broken and scattered. There is no center any longer, and the sacred tree is dead¿ (p. 270). This quote explains not only what happened to the Oglala Sioux, but also to the entire Native American culture. Black Elk¿s presence is still felt today. He witnessed several atrocities throughout his life. He fought bravely for his family only to see them butchered. Black Elk, like other warriors, deserves respect. I certainly respect Black Elk and his destroyed culture.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    Boring

    This was a boring book. I didn't really understand what all those visions were. It didn't really explain anything and it wasn't that special. I couldn't find anything in this book that I enjoyed. I constantly looked at how many pages I had left to read because i was so eager to finish the book. because it took me quite a long time to finish.

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