Black Elk Speaks

ISBN-10: 0803283857
ISBN-13: 9780803283855
Edition: 3rd 2004
Authors: John G. Neihardt
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Description: Black Elk Speaksis 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 11/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Black Elk Speaksis 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 Speaksoffers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time, however. As related by Neihardt, Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of humanity and the earth have made this book a venerated spiritual classic. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, a history of a Native nation, or an enduring spiritual testament,Black Elk Speaksis unforgettable. This new edition features two additional essays by John G. Neihardt that further illuminate his experience with Black Elk; an essay by Alexis Petri, great-granddaughter of John G. Neihardt, that celebrates Neihardt’s remarkable accomplishments; and a look at the legacy of the special relationship between Neihardt and Black Elk, written by Lori Utecht, editor ofKnowledge and Opinion: Essays and Literary Criticism of John G. Neihardt. For more information on John G. Neihardt, visit www.neihardt.com

Foreword
The offering of the pipe
Early boyhood
The great vision
The bison hunt
At the soldiers' town
High horse's courting
Wasichus in the hills
The fight with three stars
The rubbing out of long hair
Walking the black road
The killing of Crazy Horse
Grandmother's land
The compelling fear
The horse dance
The dog vision
Heyoka ceremony
The first cure
The powers of the bison and the elk
Across the big water
The spirit journey
The messiah
Visions of the other world
Bad trouble coming
The butchering at Wounded Knee
The end of the dream
Author's postscript
Letter from Neihardt to Black Elk, 6 November 1930
Comparison of the transcript and draft for the origin of the peace pipe
Lakota words in the text
John G. Neihardt beyond Black Elk
Neihardt and Black Elk
A letter written by John G. Neihardt to Julius House, 10 August 1930
A great Indian poet, 20 June 1931

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