Book Reviews of 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
Black Elk Speaks Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
Author: Vine Deloria (Introduction), Black Elk, John G. Neihardt (As told to)
ISBN-13: 9780803283596
ISBN-10: 0803283598
Publication Date: 8/1/1988
Pages: 298
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: University of Nebraska
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Black Elk explained how the white people took over their land because of their greed for gold.The soldiers killing Indians, women and children just for being there. That reminds me of the holocaust. He speaks of his visions,being a medicine man and his worries about his people. His quest to help his people by traveling with Buffalo Bill to London and Europe being not what he had hoped.He mentioned his meeting with the Queen of England and her respect for his people and his feeling that if she had continued control over the United States perhaps his people would have been better off. This book is definitely worth the read but felt there was much more could have been written.
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Helpful Score: 3
I've never read a more interesting Native American book. Black Elk was right there in the middle of history with Wounded Knee and Custer and Crazy Horse! What a fascinating read from an eye witness to events we all learn about in elementary school. What a sad commentary on the treatment of a conquering race to a native population.

This book would be an excellent addition to any study program of Native Americans or History of the American West. Anyone who enjoys reading about Native American culture and ceremonies would also enjoy this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
I have a great interest in Native American history and literature. This is the most powerful Native American account I've read to date.

I've visited the area where this story takes place, and this book gives me a sense of it's history. It's heartbreaking story it one that every American should be familiar with.
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Helpful Score: 1
Black Elk, through John Neihardt, speaks to us today. American is a country made by war, and this is but one chapter in the story, but its tragedy echoes, and will echo, forever.

If this book spoke to you, don't miss MAYFLOWER.
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A classic "must read" for anyone interested in Native American spirituality.
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athe life and experiences of the Sioux holy man Black Elk
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Great read for those interested in Native American culture.
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Perhaps the greatest classic of Native American literature.
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Witness at Little Bighorn when G.A. Custer met the Sioux and Cheyenne on his fateful day. Many other stories of his life.
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the great spirit of the Sioux
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This book is highly spiritual and a good read, regardless of one's religious background.
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An amazing historical book, written from the very mouths of those who witnessed it. The way one man followed his beliefs and spirituality to save his people is heroic. It is a great book.