Black Elk Speaks is a book by John G. Neihardt , an American poet and writer, who relates the story of Black Elk , an Oglala Lakota medicine man. The prominent psychologist Carl Jung read the book in the s and urged its translation into German; in , it was published as Ich rufe mein Volk I Call My People. However, the book has come under fire for what critics describe as inaccurate representations of Lakota culture and beliefs. In the summer of , as part of his research into the Native American perspective on the Ghost Dance movement, the poet and writer John G. Neihardt , already the Nebraska poet laureate, received the necessary permission from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to go to the Pine Ridge Reservation.
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Black Elk Speaks , the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk — and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, as a history of a Native nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.
Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. This complete edition features a new introduction by historian Philip J.
Three essays by John G. Neihardt provide background on this landmark work along with pieces by Vine Deloria Jr. Maps, original illustrations by Standing Bear, and a set of appendixes rounds out the edition. Shopping cart is empty.
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Le vol du sac While not an outright fraud like Little Tree , written by a white Alabamian with ties to the Ku Klux Klan 2 , or Red Fox , in which someone posing as a Sioux invented a life for himself 3 , it turns out that Black Elk Speaks is not true to the full life of its protagonist. While Neihardt felt great affection and respect for Black Elk, he did not really understand him, and he made the highly complex religious figure into a simplistic if sympathetic symbol of the defeat of the traditional Indian way of life. Black Elk deserves better than that, hence the efforts of scholars like Michael Steltenkamp, Clyde Holler, and Raymond DeMallie, following up on McCluskey and Castro, to identify the real Black Elk as opposed to the mythic figure depicted by Neihardt 4. Black Elk, however, seems to have found a permanent place in the religious canon, ranking with the most influential American religious figures, men like theologian William James and Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons. Since Ernest Renan there has been an industry devoted to finding the historical Jesus; recently a similar enterprise, though on a much smaller scale, has grown up around Black Elk.