Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, The Premier Edition

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, The Premier Edition

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by John G. Neihardt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1438425406

ISBN-13: 9781438425405

Pub. Date: 08/01/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The famous story of the Lakota healer and visionary, Nicholas Black Elk.

Widely hailed as a spiritual classic, this inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and the tragic history of his Sioux people during the epic closing decades of the Old West. In 1930, the aging

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The famous story of the Lakota healer and visionary, Nicholas Black Elk.

Widely hailed as a spiritual classic, this inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and the tragic history of his Sioux people during the epic closing decades of the Old West. In 1930, the aging Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota elder chose Neihardt to share his visions and life with the world. Neihardt understood and today Black Elk is known to all.

Black Elk’s remarkable great vision came to him during a time of decimation and loss, when outsiders were stealing the Lakotas’ land, slaughtering buffalo, and threatening their age-old way of life. As Black Elk remembers all too well, the Lakotas, led by such legendary men as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, fought unceasingly for their freedom, winning a world-renowned victory at the Little Bighorn and suffering unspeakable losses at Wounded Knee.

Black Elk Speaks however is more than the epic history of a valiant Native nation. It is beloved as a spiritual classic because of John Neihardt’s sensitivity to Black Elk’s resounding vision of the wholeness of earth, her creatures, and all of humanity. Black Elk Speaks is a once-in-a-lifetime read: the moving story of a young Lakota boy before the reservation years, the unforgettable history of an American Indian nation, or an enduring spiritual message for us all.

The premier edition features the first ever annotated edition of Black Elk’s story, done by renowned Lakota scholar Raymond Demallie, the original Standing Bear illustrations and new commentary on them, new maps of the world of Black Elk Speaks, and a revised index.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438425405
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Excelsior Editions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Maps

Preface to the 1932 Edition

Preface to the 1961 Edition

Preface to the 1972 Edition

1. The Offering of the Pipe

2. Early Boyhood

3. The Great Vision

4. The Bison Hunt

5. At the Soldiers’ Town

6. High Horse’s Courting

7. Wasichus in the Hills

8. The Fight with Three Stars

9. The Rubbing Out of Long Hair

10. Walking the Black Road

11. The Killing of Crazy Horse

12. Grandmother’s Land

13. The Compelling Fear

14. The Horse Dance

15. The Dog Vision

16. Heyoka Ceremony

17. The First Cure

18. The Powers of the Bison and the Elk

19. Across the Big Water

20. The Spirit Journey

21. The Messiah

22. Visions of the Other World

23. Bad Trouble Coming

24. The Butchering at Wounded Knee

25. The End of the Dream

26. Neihardt’s Postscript

Appendix 1. Letter from Neihardt to Black Elk, 6 November 1930

The Drawings by Black Elk’s Friend, Standing Bear

John g. Neihardt and Nicholas Black Elk

References
Index

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Amanda_Wright More than 1 year ago
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.
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