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

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

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by John G. Neihardt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803283598

ISBN-13: 9780803283596

Pub. Date: 08/01/1988

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

"Black Elk Speaks is the story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and chose Neihardt to tell his story. Neihardt…  See more details below

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"Black Elk Speaks is the story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and chose Neihardt to tell his story. Neihardt understood and conveyed Black Elk's experiences in this powerful and inspirational message for all humankind." This new edition features two additional essays by John G. Neihardt that further illuminate his experience with Black Elk; an essay by Alexis Petri, great-granddaughter of John G. Neihardt, that celebrates Neihardt's remarkable accomplishments; and a look at the legacy of the special relationship between Neihardt and Black Elk, written by Lori Utecht, editor of Knowledge and Opinion: Essays and Literary Criticism of John G. Neihardt.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803283596
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
08/01/1988
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1010L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1The offering of the pipe1
2Early boyhood6
3The great vision16
4The bison hunt37
5At the soldiers' town47
6High horse's courting52
7Wasichus in the hills59
8The fight with three stars70
9The rubbing out of long hair80
10Walking the black road100
11The killing of Crazy Horse107
12Grandmother's land112
13The compelling fear119
14The horse dance124
15The dog vision136
16Heyoka ceremony145
17The first cure150
18The powers of the bison and the elk157
19Across the big water164
20The spirit journey172
21The messiah177
22Visions of the other world184
23Bad trouble coming191
24The butchering at Wounded Knee196
25The end of the dream202
26Author's postscript208
App. 1Letter from Neihardt to Black Elk, 6 November 1930211
App. 2Comparison of the transcript and draft for the origin of the peace pipe215
App. 3Lakota words in the text221
App. 4John G. Neihardt beyond Black Elk225
App. 5Neihardt and Black Elk245
App. 6A letter written by John G. Neihardt to Julius House, 10 August 1930257
App. 7A great Indian poet, 20 June 1931261

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Black Elk Speaks 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.