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Black Elk Speaks Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux


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ISBN13: 9780803283596
ISBN10: 0803283598
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The most famous Native American book ever written, 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 their 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 Elks 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 Elks world, a reset text with Lakota words reproduced using the latest orthographic standards, and color paintings by Lakota artist Standing Bear that have not been widely available for decades.

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exalia, August 31, 2012 (view all comments by exalia)
It's an incredibly sad story, but what Native American story isn't from the last 400 years? Reading the battles from a natives perspective changes the way you initially felt about it when reading it from your high school history book. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in American history or Native history.
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Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
As Told to:
Neihardt, John Gneisenau
Neihardt, John G.
Deloria Jr., Vine
Deloria, Vine, Jr.
Neihardt, John Gneisenau
University of Nebraska Press
Lincoln :
Native American Studies - Spirituality
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Teton Indians
Indian mythology -- Great Plains.
General Literary Criticism & Collections
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8 x 5.25 in 0.75 lb

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