Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks is the story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and chose Neihardt to tell his story. Neihardt understood and conveyed Black Elk''s experiences in this powerful and inspirational message for all humankind. When Black Elk received his great vision, white settlers were invading the Lakotas'' homeland, decimating buffalo herds, and threatening to extinguish the Lakotas'' way of life. The Lakotas fought fiercely to retain their freedom and way of life, a dogged resistance that resulted in a remarkable victory at the Little Bighorn and an unspeakable tragedy at Wounded Knee. Black Elk Speaks offers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time, however.

Genre
Biography
Topics
american west, Anthropology, biography, dialogue, oral history, paganism, sage
Author
John G. Neihardt
Publisher
University of Nebraska Press
Format
Paperback
Original Language
English
ISBN
0803283857 (find on Amazon)

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