Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks

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

Book - 1972
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Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 1972, c1959.
Branch Call Number: 970.3
970.3 BLA
Characteristics: xvi, 238 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Neihardt, John G. 1881-1973.


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Jan 06, 2019

Definitely not one I would choose. It was for a book club. I find this so-called spiritual examinations of native life to be unintelligible and unbelievable. It is not recommended

Aug 28, 2017

I have read enough about the sad, sad, violence but still interested in the culture.

I read this 20 years ago. Just finished the complete bio and history of the Lakota by Joe Jackson. It is more complete story of everyone associated with writings about Black Elk including a history of the Northern Plains Indians. Highly recommend both.

Sep 04, 2012

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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