Black Elk Speaks Author:John G Neihardt "O Six powers of the world, hear me in my sorrow, — for I may never call again ... O make my people live!" — In 1931, an old man, standing on Harney Mountain, raised his arms and spoke these words to the empty sky. — His name was Black Elk, warrior and medicine man of the Oglala Sioux. From the Battle of the Little Big Horn, which he witnessed as ... more »a boy of 13, to the last terrible massacre of the Indians at Wounded Knee, Black Elk lived the life of the Plains Insian, and saw the death of his people.
In this book he tells, as no man can ever tell it again, his vision of the meaning of life on this planet as it was for the Indian of the western plains, and as it might be for all men.
The great story of the Sioux is ended, and the sacred hoop of life is broken, but in this book the spirit of Black Elk's people lives on.« less