Black Elk Speaks, in full Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux as Told to John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow), the. and So Does John Neihardt. Black Elk Speaks has been many things to m has been studied at various times as anthropology psychology, and as history. “Black Elk Speaks is the story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk () and his people during the momentous twilight years of the.

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Fourteen years later, inhe managed to escape death at the Wounded Knee Blaci. Another detail that touched me was Black Elk’s sorrow at being forced to live in square houses. Thank you for your feedback.

Preface to the Edition pp. I was amazed after reading “Black Elk Speaks” both by their beliefs and religions as well as the depth of their ability to utilize their visions.

Black Elk, an Ogalala Sioux and a cousin to the famed Sioux war leader Crazy Horse, narrates the last decades of the Sioux nation before it’s destruction by the Anglo-Americans, using a juxtaposition of both historical events like the Fort Laramie Treaty, the battle at This book is a very rare gem in that it describes the spiritual perceptions and beliefs of an aboriginal people from the inside by one of its shamans and not some anthropologist while that culture was still more or less intact.

Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Either way and the scholarship is useful, ultimately I really enjoyed the book and think it is extremely useful and valuable as a source to look into Native American Indian Culture. You will not like how the Native Americans were treated and maybe will have a better understanding why some of them feel and act like they do to this day.


Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Later, in the worst of the worst, he relates his insider recollections of the Little Big Horn a blur of chaotic hand-to-hand fighting and Wounded Knee a landscape littered with dead women and children.

He felt he failed in that life quest considering all the broken treaties and sad outcomes to his tribe from violent conflict with the U. I could see that the Wasichus [white man] did not care for each other the way our people did before the nation’s hoop was broken.

Jul 02, Alarie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The seven-day forecast An abridged cd with a magnificent reading by Fred Contreras. The best part, to me anyway, is how he revealed his visions to his people and the good it did enihardt. Neihardt saying early on that it is not the tale of a great hunter or of a great warrior, or of a great traveler; as it is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell. Rest in peace, Black Elk.

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

Today, the people are living on a reservation that is extremely poor, has a high alcoholism rate, a high dropout rate and are still fighting to maintain their cultural rights. It is a tale of rampant greed allowed to go entirely unchecked.

I finally checked it out of the library. The other blavk as I went to a car repair appointment, I arrived all misty-eyed and runny-nosed. Black Elk Speaks is the true history of the conflicts between the U. Black Elk believed that humans would not be Good if they weren’t connected to each other and to the universe. Black Elk shares the many disappointments in his life caused by the many broken treaties of the Wasichus A term used to designate the white man, but having no reference to the color of his skin.


As an outsider to this culture, much in the vision was baffling, but I could at least appreciate the poetic power of its imagery and get glimmers of the comprehensiveness of the spiritual system embodied in it.

Black Elk Speaks

The book was adapted into a play by Christopher SergelJohn G. Speakx Elk tells about the Wounded Knee massacre toward the end of his story.

Equally disturbing is the realization that came with this knowledge, that many of the supposed truths I had accepted were so badly biased toward one side that they amounted to outright lies.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. They display to him arrays of horses acting out the meanings of the four directions on earth, the sacred hoop of the community of people, the paths that they must follow on the good Red Road and difficult Black Road, the intersection of these roads where the tree must be planted and made to flourish, and the story of the sacred pipe of peace bestowed by the White Bison in the form of a woman.

View all 7 comments. Neihardt also states that Black Elk shared some of the Oglala rituals which he had performed as a healer, and that two men developed a close friendship. Most importantly, history is usually written by the victors. Black Elk had a vision as a young boy while very sick that influenced him throughout his life.