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

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux (1932) [Novel]
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The story of Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (18631950) 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 through 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.

Original title: Black Elk Speaks
Original languages: English


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Edition #1: Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks (1932)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "If any great religious classic has emerged in this century or on this continent, it must certainly be judged in the company of Black Elk Speaks....The most important aspect of the book, however, is not its effect on the non-Indian populace who wished to learn something of the beliefs of the Plains Indians but upon the contemporary generation of young Indians who have been aggressively searching for roots of their own in the structure of universal reality. To them the book has become a North American bible of all tribes." Vine Deloria, Jr.
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Black Elk Speaks (August 1, 1988)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803283598
Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.8 x 0.8
Pages: 298

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