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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:John G. Neihardt The most important aspect of this book is upon the contemporary generation of young Indians who have been aggressively searching for roots of their own in the structure of universal reality. They look to it for spiritual guidance, for sociological identity, for political insight, and the affirmation of the continuing substance of Indian tribal l... more »ife.« less
While this is an interesting look into Nicholas Black Elk's life, the Ghost Dance religion, and the Lakota struggle against white encroachment during the 19th century, readers should know that this is not really an autobiography. John Neihardt significantly cut, edited, and interpreted his interviews with Black Elk to an extent which Black Elk himself did not approve of. Interested readers can find the Black Elk's actual words (as related in the transcripts of Black Elk and Neihardt's conversations) in "The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk's Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt."