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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 »
ISBN-13: 9780803283855
ISBN-10: 0803283857
Publication Date: 11/1/2004
Pages: 270
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Publisher: Bison Books
Book Type: Paperback
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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."
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