Black Elk Speaks

Being the Life Story of A Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

Black Elk

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Black Elk Speaks
The famous story of the Lakota healer and visionary, Nicholas Black Elk.

Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : Excelsior Editions, State University of New York Press, c2008
Edition: Premier ed
ISBN: 9781438425405
Branch Call Number: 978.004975244 B627b 2008
Characteristics: xxviii, 334 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,26 cm


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In the 1930s, John G. Neihardt, a poet and a chronicler of the old West and Native American folkways, spent many hours with Black Elk, one of the most revered holy men of the Oglala Sioux.

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Sep 04, 2012
  • katycurtis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book but after reading the premier annotated edition I kind of wish that I had read the Sixth Grandfather instead, because that is a direct transcription of Black Elk's words, whereas Neihardt's voice and thoughts come through a lot in this one. (E.g., Neihardt portrays Black Elk as thinking negatively of Christianity and white men, but these are added flourishes; Black Elk worked in a Christian church and thought there were a lot of beneficial concepts in Christian teachings.)


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