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

ISBN-10: 0803283598
ISBN-13: 9780803283596
Edition: N/A
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Description: The most famous Native American book ever written,Black Elk Speaksis 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  More...

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List price: $11.95
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 8/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

The most famous Native American book ever written,Black Elk Speaksis 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 Speaksoffers 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 Speaksis unforgettable. This special edition features all three prefaces toBlack Elk Speaksthat John G. Neihardt wrote at different points in his life, a map of Black Elk’s 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.

John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) is known internationally forBlack Elk Speaksand is a noted author in several genres. He is the author ofA Cycle of the WestandKnowledge and Opinion, both available from the University of Nebraska Press. Coralie Hughes is the granddaughter of John G. Neihardt and the head of the Neihardt Trust. Raymond J. DeMallie is the author or editor of numerous books, includingThe Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk’s Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt, available in a Bison Books edition.

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