Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Twenty-First Century Edition / Edition 21by John G. Neihardt, Vine Deloria Jr.
Pub. Date: 08/01/2000
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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/i>
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 by 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.
- University of Nebraska Press
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- 21st Century Edition
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- 5.35(w) x 8.15(h) x 0.62(d)
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||viii|
|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|
|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|
|13||The Compelling Fear||119|
|14||The Horse Dance||124|
|15||The Dog Vision||136|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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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.
Black Elk Speaks, is eloquently written, and insightful, if this book doesn't bring tears to your eyes, nothing will...