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

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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


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


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Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, The Premier Edition 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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.
kcslade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Black Elk tells about life in the last great days of the plains Indians and how that came to an end. Includes mystical dreams, etc.
DrT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Black Elk Speaks John G. Neihardt Why I picked up this book: Somebody I know brought this book into clinic and asked me to read it.Why I finished this book: When I began reading this book there was a lot of mysticism that I tried to appreciate but my memory of my own interactions with another medicine man tried to obscure my reading. I kept reading and discovered very interesting experiences of this Ogalala Soiux man with such things as buffalo hunt, spending time at a White man¿s military camp, time at war, and others that I really got into. It was fun to hear this man¿s perspective and wanted to see what else he would share with me.Thoughts: I¿m glad I read this book. I¿m glad I got his perspective of the world and how things changed for him and even though I did not understand all of it (the spiritualism) I really enjoyed spending the time in this book.Rating: I¿d give it a 4 out of 5 star rating because I appreciate the various aspects on this Native American as he recounted different situations as he grew up.
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