Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, The Premier Edition

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, The Premier Edition

John G. Neihardt


The recognized existence tale of the Lakota healer and visionary, Nicholas Black Elk.

Widely hailed as a non secular vintage, this inspirational and unfailingly strong tale unearths the existence and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and the tragic heritage of his Sioux humans in the course of the epic ultimate a long time of the outdated West. In 1930, the getting older Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, author, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota elder selected Neihardt to proportion his visions and existence with the realm. Neihardt understood and at the present time Black Elk is understood to all.

Black Elk’s awesome nice imaginative and prescient got here to him in the course of a time of decimation and loss, whilst outsiders have been stealing the Lakotas’ land, slaughtering buffalo, and perilous their age-old lifestyle. As Black Elk recollects all too good, the Lakotas, led by means of such mythical males as loopy Horse and Sitting Bull, fought unceasingly for his or her freedom, profitable a world-renowned victory on the Little Bighorn and discomfort unspeakable losses at Wounded Knee.

 Black Elk Speaks despite the fact that is greater than the epic historical past of a valiant local kingdom. it truly is liked as a non secular vintage as a result of John Neihardt’s sensitivity to Black Elk’s resounding imaginative and prescient of the wholeness of earth, her creatures, and all of humanity. Black Elk Speaks is a once-in-a-lifetime learn: the relocating tale of a tender Lakota boy ahead of the reservation years, the unforgettable historical past of an American Indian country, and an everlasting religious message for us all.

The finest version beneficial properties the first-ever annotated variation of Black Elk’s tale, performed by way of well known Lakota student Raymond J. DeMallie, the unique status undergo illustrations and new statement on them, new maps of the area of Black Elk Speaks, and a revised index.

Black Elk Speaks is a needs to learn e-book for an individual drawn to the historical past of the Western Plains. It brings out either the romantic mythology of the West pictured this day and the darker fact of the past.” — Midwest ebook Review

Black Elk Speaks is a vintage … The prime variation is vital. Raymond J. DeMallie enriches the unique textual content whereas respectfully and in actual fact acknowledging and appreciating the unique and Neihardt’s creativity, including to the continued legacy of Black Elk.” —  Canadian magazine of local Studies

"This is the 1st variation of Black Elk Speaks that incorporates annotations by way of a pupil of Lakota heritage … [and] extends Neihardt’s paintings to a much wider viewers and honors Black Elk’s imaginative and prescient of the interconnection of humans with all dwelling creatures and the earth in a manner that speaks to modern environmental matters. — American Indian Quarterly

“…the compelling tale of a cross-cultural collaboration that maintains to have interaction students and lay readers alike.” — CHOICE

“If this name isn't really but at your residence or university library … keep in mind the strangely low cost and the prime quality of what SUNY Press calls the prime version of this nice work.” — Light of Consciousness

 “If any nice spiritual vintage has emerged during this century or in this continent, it needs to definitely be judged within the corporation of Black Elk Speaks … [T]he booklet has turn into a North American bible of all tribes … it speaks to us with basic and compelling language approximately a side of human adventure and encourages us to stress the easiest that dwells inside of us…” — Vine Deloria Jr.

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