Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Twenty-First Century Editionby John G. Neihardt, Vine Deloria Jr. (Introduction)
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.
- University of Nebraska Press
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- 21st Century Edition
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- 5.62(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.91(d)
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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.