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

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The most famous Native American book ever written, Black Elk Speaks is the acclaimed story of Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during the momentous, twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk grew up in a time when white settlers were invading the Lakotas’ homeland, decimating buffalo herds and threatening to extinguish their way of life. Black Elk and other Lakotas fought back, a dogged resistance that resulted in a remarkable victory at the Little Bighorn and ...
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The most famous Native American book ever written, Black Elk Speaks is the acclaimed story of Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during the momentous, twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk grew up in a time when white settlers were invading the Lakotas’ homeland, decimating buffalo herds and threatening to extinguish their way of life. Black Elk and other Lakotas fought back, a dogged resistance that resulted in a remarkable victory at the Little Bighorn and an unspeakable tragedy at Wounded Knee.

Beautifully told through the celebrated poet and writer John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks offers much more than a life story. Black Elk’s profound and arresting religious visions of the unity of humanity and the world around him have transformed his account into a venerated spiritual classic. Whether appreciated as a collaborative autobiography, a history of a Native American nation, or an enduring spiritual testament for all humankind, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.

This special edition features all three prefaces to Black Elk Speaks that John G. Neihardt wrote at different points in his life, a map of Black Elk’s world, a reset text with Lakota words reproduced using the latest orthographic standards, and color paintings by Lakota artist Standing Bear that have not been widely available for decades.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780803283596
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1988
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 298
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The offering of the pipe 1
2 Early boyhood 6
3 The great vision 16
4 The bison hunt 37
5 At the soldiers' town 47
6 High horse's courting 52
7 Wasichus in the hills 59
8 The fight with three stars 70
9 The rubbing out of long hair 80
10 Walking the black road 100
11 The killing of Crazy Horse 107
12 Grandmother's land 112
13 The compelling fear 119
14 The horse dance 124
15 The dog vision 136
16 Heyoka ceremony 145
17 The first cure 150
18 The powers of the bison and the elk 157
19 Across the big water 164
20 The spirit journey 172
21 The messiah 177
22 Visions of the other world 184
23 Bad trouble coming 191
24 The butchering at Wounded Knee 196
25 The end of the dream 202
26 Author's postscript 208
App. 1 Letter from Neihardt to Black Elk, 6 November 1930 211
App. 2 Comparison of the transcript and draft for the origin of the peace pipe 215
App. 3 Lakota words in the text 221
App. 4 John G. Neihardt beyond Black Elk 225
App. 5 Neihardt and Black Elk 245
App. 6 A letter written by John G. Neihardt to Julius House, 10 August 1930 257
App. 7 A great Indian poet, 20 June 1931 261
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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.

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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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