Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Twenty-First Century Edition / Edition 21

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Twenty-First Century Edition / Edition 21

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by John G. Neihardt, Vine Deloria Jr.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803261705

ISBN-13: 9780803261709

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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803261709
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Edition description:
21st Century Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 8.15(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsviii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Forewordxiii
Preface to the 1932 Editionxix
Preface to the 1961 Editionxxiii
Preface to the 1972 Editionxxix
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
Appendix 1.Letter from Neihardt to Black Elk, 6 November 1930211
Appendix 2.Comparison of the Transcript and Draft for the Origin of the Peace Pipe215
Appendix 3.Lakota Words in the Text221
Index225

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Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Twenty-First Century Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Elk Speaks, is eloquently written, and insightful, if this book doesn't bring tears to your eyes, nothing will...