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Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Storyby S. D. Nelson
Synopses & Reviews
Told from the Native American point of view, Black Elkand#8217;s Vision provides a unique perspective on American history.
From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, as well as his journeys to New York City and Europe with Buffalo Billand#8217;s Wild West Show, this biographical account of Black Elkand#8212;an Oglala-Lakota medicine man (1863and#8211;1950)and#8212;follows him from childhood through adulthood.
S. D. Nelson tells the story of Black Elk through the medicine manand#8217;s voice, bringing to life what it was like to be Native American in the mid-to-late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The Native people found their land overrun by the Wha-shi-choos, or White Man, the buffalo slaughtered for sport and to purposely eliminate their main food source, and their people gathered onto reservations. Through it all, Black Elk clung to his childhood visions that planted the seeds to help his peopleand#8212;and all peopleand#8212;understand their place in the circle of life.
The book includes archival images, a timeline, a bibliography, an index, and Nelsonand#8217;s signature art.
Praise for the work of S. D. Nelson
Western Writers of America Spur Storyteller Award
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award
[STAR] and#8220;An appealing story full of excitement, warmth, and wisdom.and#8221; and#8212;The Five Owls, starred review
and#8220;A fine choice for story hours, this will also find wide curricular use.and#8221; and#8212;Booklist
and#8220;A modern-day story in the Sioux tradition of storytelling.and#8221; and#8212;Winston-Salem Journal
and#8220;Splendid acrylic artwork captures the action, humor, and spirit of the tale. A solid addition to collections of Native American tales and an enjoyable read-aloud.and#8221; and#8212;School Library Journal
and#8220;Nelson pulls it off with his confident style as a storyteller . . . polished illustrations . . . informative, well written.and#8221; and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
FandP level: U
"Nelson (Coyote Christmas) returns with his highly stylized paintings and trademark primary-colored horses in this tale about Black Elk, a Sioux medicine man at the turn of the 19th century. The author, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, imagines Black Elk's first-person account of Native American life as the Wha-shi-choos (white people) bring trains and forts to the Great Plains and slaughter buffalo by the thousands ('They made lines on our land with their wagon roads and their iron rails'). Anchoring the story are spreads detailing Black Elk's vision when he was nine. In it, 'the Powers of the World' teach that each person 'must choose to walk with the water of life or the weapon of destruction.' The illustrations' nave, flat style mutes some of the more graphic events (speared and bloodied fighters and horses are seen at the Battle of the Little Bighorn). Archival photos round out this poignant history lesson, and author notes contextualize the meaning of Black Elk's vision within Native philosophy. A time line of European exploration and western settlement and select Indian War conflicts is included. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This biographical account of Black Elk--a Lokota/Ogala medicine man--chronicles his life from childhood all the way through adulthood. Readers will follow Black Elk through his trials and tribulations of life in the villages to being a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Full color.
Told from a Native American point of view, Black Elkandrsquo;s Vision provides a unique perspective on American history. From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, as well as his journeys to New York City and Europe with Buffalo Billandrsquo;s Wild West Show, this biographical account of Black Elkandmdash;an Oglala Lakota medicine man who lived from 1863 to 1950andmdash;follows him from childhood through adulthood.
Capital Days introduces young readers to Washington, D.C., during the early to mid-19th century. Spanning more than 60 years, the story of Michael Shiner (c. 1804andndash;1880) highlights a period of immense change in our country and its capital. Covering the burning of the city during the War of 1812, the rebuilding of the Capitol and White House, the raising of the Washington Monument, and on through the Civil War, the end of slavery, and numerous other andldquo;capital days,andrdquo; this book offers readers fresh insights and background on how our nationandrsquo;s capital came to be. The book includes excerpts from Shinerandrsquo;s diary, other primary sources, archival images, and a timeline.
Much as she did in Maritcha and Searching for Sarah Rector, award-winning author Tonya Bolden expertly examines the intricacies of American history through the lens of one relatable personandrsquo;s life.
About the Author
S. D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribeand#160;of the Dakotas. He is the author of three previous childrenand#8217;s books for Abrams. School Library Journal called Gift Horse and#147;fluid in both narrative and illustrations,and#8221; and Kirkus said Star People was and#147;an exemplary offering.and#8221; He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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