9780803261709

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803261709

  • ISBN10:

    0803261705

  • Edition: 21st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/1/2000
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

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 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. 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
viii
Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Vine Deloria
Preface to the 1932 Edition xix
Preface to the 1961 Edition xxiii
Preface to the 1972 Edition xxix
The Offering of the Pipe
1(5)
Early Boyhood
6(10)
The Great Vision
16(21)
The Bison Hunt
37(10)
At the Soldiers' Town
47(5)
High Horse's Courting
52(7)
Wasichus in the Hills
59(11)
The Fight with Three Stars
70(10)
The Rubbing Out of Long Hair
80(20)
Walking the Black Road
100(7)
The Killing of Crazy Horse
107(5)
Grandmother's Land
112(7)
The Compelling Fear
119(5)
The Horse Dance
124(12)
The Dog Vision
136(9)
Heyoka Ceremony
145(5)
The First Cure
150(7)
The Powers of the Bison and the Elk
157(7)
Across the Big Water
164(8)
The Spirit Journey
172(5)
The Messiah
177(7)
Visions of the Other World
184(7)
Bad Trouble Coming
191(5)
The Butchering at Wounded Knee
196(6)
The End of the Dream
202(6)
Author's Postscript
208(3)
Appendix 1. Letter from Neihardt to Black Elk, 6 November 1930 211(4)
Appendix 2. Comparison of the Transcript and Draft for the Origin of the Peace Pipe 215(6)
Appendix 3. Lakota Words in the Text 221(4)
Index 225

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