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Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Twenty-First Century Edition

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Named one of the ten best spiritual books of the twentieth century by Philip Zaleski of HarperSanFrancisco, 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 the Lakotas' way of life. Black Elk and other Lakotas fought back, a dogged resistance ...
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Overview

Named one of the ten best spiritual books of the twentieth century by Philip Zaleski of HarperSanFrancisco, 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 the Lakotas' 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, a listing of Lakota words newly translated and 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803213098
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 21st Century Edition
  • Edition number: 21
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii
Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Preface to the 1932 Edition xix
Preface to the 1961 Edition xxiii
Preface to the 1972 Edition xxix
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
Appendix 1. Letter from Neihardt to Black Elk, 6 November 1930 211
Appendix 2. Comparison of the Transcript and Draft for the Origin of the Peace Pipe 215
Appendix 3. Lakota Words in the Text 221
Index 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    A vioce for the Souix nation

    This book is about a man of the lakota Souix natoin. The book follows Black Elk from childhood till he's older. He has great visons of his people and has the ability to help people. He does not know of his wonderful powers until he grows up. In his life he encounters the young worrior Crazy Horse as well as many other Native American icons. He 'speaks' from his heart about the way he feels about the white mans treatment toward his people. In the battle on the greasy grass (little bighorn battle)he tells what happened through the eyes of one who fought there and tells it how it was. This book tells about the battles, hardships, and the goodtimes of the Lakota nation.This is a good book to read if you like Native American literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    Powerful, Beautiful

    This wondrous book explores the heart and soul and visions of a great Native American. Its wisdom ranges from the obvious to the most subtle. It's my favorite book next to Jerry Ellis' book, Walking the Trail, One Man's Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    If I could look out with eyes of young agian...

    Black Elk Speaks, is eloquently written, and insightful, if this book doesn't bring tears to your eyes, nothing will...

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