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by Vine Deloria Jr.,John G. Neihardt

Named one of the ten best spiritual books of the twentieth century by Philip Zaleski of HarperSanFrancisco, Black Elk Speaks is 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 the Lakotas' 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 by the celebrated poet and writer John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks offers 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 Speaks is unforgettable.

This special edition features all three prefaces to Black Elk Speaks that John G. Neihardt wrote at different points in his life, a map of Black Elk's world, a reset text, a listing of Lakota words newly translated and reproduced using the latest orthographic standards, and color paintings by Lakota artist Standing Bear that have not been widely available for decades.

Download Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Twenty-First Century Edition epub
ISBN: 0803213093
ISBN13: 978-0803213098
Category: Religion
Subcategory: Other Religions Practices & Sacred Texts
Author: Vine Deloria Jr.,John G. Neihardt
Language: English
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; 21st Century Edition edition (August 1, 2000)
Pages: 246 pages
ePUB size: 1701 kb
FB2 size: 1188 kb
Rating: 4.7
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This is by far the best book I have read so far, from all of the Native American books on Amazon. It is also the best of quality of the books I have received, even though it's soft bound. You will take a historical adventure with Black Elk at your side to the Little Big Horn and to Wounded Knee. This book was written from the transcripts of the original author who lived with Black Elk while writing it. The book was translated by Black Elk's son who was fluent in English and in the Sioux language. There are footnotes throughout by a reviewing author that tells of when the author strays from the original transcripts. I think they could have been left out or put at the end of the book. I would read the entire chapter, then go back and read the footnotes, as there are so many that they kind of get in the way. At times though, I must admit they help out. This is a real life Native American history as told by one who lived it. His vision, is probably one of the most important lessons in all of Native American history and belief systems. I truly think this is one of the best books that I have read so far, and intend to read it again. It makes me sorry to read of our military efforts to exterminate our Native Americans and our government treaties that were broken. We are truly blessed by our Native American spirituality, history and wisdom. I can only pray that we work together on this earth and honor our words in the future.
Well written. Keeps your attention. Fascinating and true story written by a man who was getting a first hand account of an historic event that he actually lived through. Priceless history from the American Indian position.
This is an authentic recollection, taken down in 1930 by a professor/anthropologist, of a Sioux medicine man and warrior's life, an Indian who was present at both the defeat of General Custer (1876) and the massacre of Sioux women and children at Wounded Knee in 1890. The speaker,
Black Elk, tells with great poignancy his early visions as a youth that propelled him to be a healer; of the betrayal of his Sioux people by the whites when gold was discovered in the Black Hills of Dakota territory; of the "rubbing out of Long Hair" ( the defeat of Custer), of Black Elk's travels in Europe as a performer in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show; and finally of his return to the frontier to witness and fight against US soldiers at Wounded Knee. He also recounts the assassinations of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull by the Reservation police.
This is a book that should be on the reading list of every US high school's American History class. It is a rare insight into the broken treaties and the final betrayal, incarceration and placing on reservations of the proud, independent Sioux nation. It is the end of the frontier and the end of a way of life. Sadly, it is also a curtain raiser to the same kind of atrocities, little known, that US forces committed against Filipinos in the first years of the 1900's; and it leads to My Lai in Vietnam, and Abu Gharib in Iraq. It is another reminder that war and colonization is hell, and that commanders cannot be counted on to restrain their men, and that the casualties of conquest are more often civilians than soldiers.
The real sadness of this book, however, is Black Elk's measured but ultimately tragic telling of the death of the Sioux way of life in the final decades of the 1800's, of the breaking of their spirit, and the perishing of their magical, nomadic culture at the hands of "Western progress."
crazy mashine
Beautifully sad book, my boyfriend reccommended this to me and I really fell in love with how the story was told and the way it was told. It really struck a heart cord because everything that was written about was true and I think that people easily look the other way or really lessen the impact that the settlers had on the Native Americans.
It's so easy
There are few words I can say, so stricken, my heart, from this book. The voice of Black Elk is clear. His telling of his vision has inspired me in so many aspects of my own life- that a vision must be stepped into even ritualistically at first to gain power from the vision itself. How many ways can that be applied to my own life?? Deep love for him.
I read this when I was a kid. A long time ago. It was time to read it again. Nostalgia, I guess. Everyone should read this a least once in their lifetime. That's my opinion. It is a good read!
Hawk Flying
What a chance of a lifetime that this author met this great American hero at a time when he would tell his extraordinary life story. Don't let the reader of the preface in the audio book bog you down, because he is a poor reader, but the reader of the book is stately! The first part is Black Elk's vision is hard to follow, but it becomes clearer as he tells his life story. Black Elk is a master storyteller who reveals the inner thoughts and perspectives on the American Indian life. I have studied American Indians all my life, including college courses at MSU and this is by far one of the best accounts of Indian life I have ever read. Black Elk has wonderful insight into life, the value of our relationship with others, man's relationship with the world, etc. His philosophy echoes the greatest philosophers of all time back to Aristotle. His religion recognizes the reality and truth of a spiritual world that is more real than ours. Black Elk is a remarkable and wise person. I am thankful his wisdom and stories were not lost by the whites who considered the American Indian substandard humans and put all his people on a reservation to die of starvation in misery and humiliation. Everybody needs to read or listen to Black Elk's words to understand what a great people were destroyed.
Black Elk was born and lived when Natives were free, not on reservations. That is why his words were captured and printed back in the 1930s when he was an old man, his reembrances of liberty. I still do not know if he was naturally eloquent or if the translator is responsible for this tome. The two of them together made a fine team -- putting an era into words I can understand.