Black Elk Speaks, in full Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux as Told to John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow), the. and So Does John Neihardt. Black Elk Speaks has been many things to m has been studied at various times as anthropology psychology, and as history. “Black Elk Speaks is the story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk () and his people during the momentous twilight years of the.

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His last hope is to put his vision, and ultimately his life in print to the betterment of those who come after him. And I live in Central New Hampshire. Blavk the other hand, his poetic pretensions led him to rearrange and dress up that testimony, adorning it with his own mediocre neo-Romantic insight, and altogether distorting the historical and cultural record.

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

I have had this on my “to read” list for years — everything in its time. Sep 21, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: When Black Elk was nine years old he had a Great Vision. Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. She told me how her grandfather dictated the book on the property and where he sat under the trees with John Ne I had the tremendous experience of reading this important work while staying in the Black Hills of South Dakota and visiting the Pine Ridge Reservation, both areas described in detail.

Neihardt met Black Elk in The seven-day forecast was all temperatures over 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Introduction and notes throughout the book. Know whose land you walk. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Black Elk Speaksa personal narrative, has the characteristics of several genres: I did love reading about his visions, especially the Thunder Beings. Black Elk, an Ogalala Sioux and a cousin to the famed Sioux war leader Crazy Horse, narrates the last decades of the Sioux nation before it’s destruction by the Anglo-Americans, using a juxtaposition of both historical events like the Fort Laramie Treaty, the battle at This book is a very rare gem in that it describes the spiritual perceptions and beliefs of an aboriginal people from the inside by one of its shamans and not some anthropologist while that culture was still more or less intact.


I read many parts of this book to my children as we traveled to the places that Black Elk speaks about in the book. Either way and the scholarship is useful, ultimately I really enjoyed the book and think it is extremely useful and valuable as a source to look into Native American Indian Culture.

Day in and day out, forever, you are the life of things.

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Bad Trouble Coming pp. What were these visions? View all 10 comments.

Did they look for a worldly or secular savior instead of a spiritual one? The book concludes enihardt a description of the infamous massacre at Wounded Knee. While in London, he participates in a command performance to celebrate Queen Victoria’s jubilee.

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

Neihardt in follow-up to Black Elk Speaks. Not only is this annoying to me, it is offensive.

Open Preview See a Problem? However, the book has come under fire for what critics describe as inaccurate representations of Lakota culture and beliefs.

Refresh and try again. Readers of Black Elk Speaks may be surprised to look up key episodes in the volume in the raw transcripts neihardr their conversations, only to find that they were entirely invented by Neihardt.


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Neihardt sought Black Elk because Neihardt was writing an epic poem, and he needed to talk to an old spiritual leade At first glance, this is an interesting book, though personally not particularly my favorite topic. Neihardt might have had good intentions, but I believe his own reasons behind writing this life-history neiharxt the life-history itself, and therefore is wrongfully denoted as Black Elk’s life history.

It is also important because Black Elk was a surviving eye witness to the Wounded Knee Massacre, as well as Little Big Horn and other important battles of his time. All of the Native Americans living his area around Pine Ridge and the Black Hills were mistreated, and were forced to sell their land even though they didn’t want to. He saw sleaks people robbed not only of their land, but of their horses, guns, mobility, customs, and way of life. Feb 11, Amy rated it really liked it. He had no interest in creating a life-history, that developed after the first meeting.

I read this years ago when I first started teaching an undergraduate “global ethics” class, and knew it was the likely the best source of Lakota American Plains Indian tribe philosophy and worldview.

The good road and the road of difficulties you have made to cross; and where they cross the place is holy. Mais il y a un autre monde.