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Black Elk Lives: Conversations with the Black Elk Family
Synopses & Reviews
The story and teachings of Nicholas Black Elk (1863and#8211;1950), first recorded by John G. Neihardt in Black Elk Speaks, have played a critical role in shaping the way in which Native Americans and others view the past, present, and future of Nativeand#160;America. These conversations with the descendents of Black Elk offer an intimate look at life on the Pine Ridge Reservation and fresh perspectives on the religious, economic, and political opportunities and challenges facing the Lakota people today. In addition to revealing more about Black Elk the healer, the family also provides glimpses of Black Elk as a family man, teacher, and influential ancestor.
Book News Annotation:
In this book the descendents of Black Elk (1863-1950) tell of their lives and their people, and consider how the legacy of Black Elk affects them today. Their interviews provide a look at life on the Pine Ridge Reservation, as well as offering perspectives on the religious, economic, and political challenges and opportunities facing modern Lakota people. Black Elk is seen here not only as a healer, but also as a family man, teacher, and influential ancestor.
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The descendants of Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950), the most influential Native American of the 20th century, share information on their lives and their people, and how Black Elk's legacy affects them today. Photos.
About the Author
Esther Black Elk DeSersa and Olivia Black Elk Pourier are the granddaughters of Nicholas Black Elk. Aaron DeSersa Jr. and Clifton DeSersa are the great-grandsons of Black Elk. Hilda Neihardt is the daughter of John G. Neihardt and chairman of the board of the John G. Neihardt Foundation. She is the author of Black Elk and Flaming Rainbow (Nebraska 1995). Lori Utecht is a former executive director of the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site. Charles Trimble is the current executive director of the site and president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation.
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