Black Elk Speaks selections. I. The Offering of the Pipe. My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life, as you wish; and if it were only the story of my life I. Black Elk Speaks. by John G Neihardt. Chapter The Offering of the Pipe · Chapter Early Boyhood · Chapter The Great Vision · Chapter The. Indian Preservation: Teaching Black Elk Speaks G. Thomas Couser A. Analysis of Themes and Forms Based on interviews conducted in by John G.

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Black Elk Speaks By Diane Prenatt, PhD IN THIS BOOK □Discover the life and background of John Neihardt□Preview an. Black Elk Speaks was published in It is a record of the life of a Lakota holy man from the time of his birth in until the Wounded Knee Massacre in. John G. Neihardt and Nicholas Black Elk. Raymond J. DeMallie. Black Elk Speaks is arguably the single most widely read book in the vast literature relating to.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. This is by far the best book I have read so far, from all of the Native American books on site.

It is also the best of quality of the books I have received, even though it's soft bound. This book was written from the transcripts of the original author who lived with Black Elk while writing it.

The book was translated by Black Elk's son who was fluent in English and in the Sioux language.

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There are footnotes throughout by a reviewing author that tells of when the author strays from the original transcripts. I think they could have been left out or put at the end of the book. I would read the entire chapter, then go back and read the footnotes, as there are so many that they kind of get in the way.

At times though, I must admit they help out. This is a real life Native American history as told by one who lived it. His vision, is probably one of the most important lessons in all of Native American history and belief systems.

I truly think this is one of the best books that I have read so far, and intend to read it again. It makes me sorry to read of our military efforts to exterminate our Native Americans and our government treaties that were broken.

We are truly blessed by our Native American spirituality, history and wisdom. I can only pray that we work together on this earth and honor our words in the future. I was horribly disappointed to realize as I was reading along, that 33 pages are missing in the center of the book!

Once you reach page 98, the text reverts back to page 67 and repeats the next 31 pages. When you reach page Pages 99 through page are missing. I am so disappointed. If you are planning on ordering this edition, ask the seller to verify that their copy does not share this defect.


It should have been caught by the seller before listing it, in my opinion. site Edition Verified download. Well written. Keeps your attention.

Fascinating and true story written by a man who was getting a first hand account of an historic event that he actually lived through. Priceless history from the American Indian position. There are few words I can say, so stricken, my heart, from this book. The voice of Black Elk is clear.

His telling of his vision has inspired me in so many aspects of my own life- that a vision must be stepped into even ritualistically at first to gain power from the vision itself. How many ways can that be applied to my own life?? Deep love for him. Children's Books. Hardcover Verified download. Hear it directly from the author who lived it and wrote it, Black Elk.

The United States has a very poor history in terms of its relationships with Indian tribes and its willingness to honor agreements. It was a period of great greed for land and a saga of eliminating Indian tribes. Black Foot relates how the white settlers invaded the Lakota's land and literally stole it right out from under them. The white man killed off the buffalo herds for mainly sport, and deprived the Lakota's from their primary life line in terms of food, skins, etc.

He speaks of how the White Man killed off his culture making the Indians more and more dependent upon what the White Man was willing to give the Indians. The United State's cruel and inhumane treatment of the American Indians is best told in this book. Read it and do all you can in your power to never allow a travesty of this description befall any other people on earth. The speaker, Black Elk, tells with great poignancy his early visions as a youth that propelled him to be a healer; of the betrayal of his Sioux people by the whites when gold was discovered in the Black Hills of Dakota territory; of the "rubbing out of Long Hair" the defeat of Custer , of Black Elk's travels in Europe as a performer in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show; and finally of his return to the frontier to witness and fight against US soldiers at Wounded Knee.

This is a book that should be on the reading list of every US high school's American History class. It is a rare insight into the broken treaties and the final betrayal, incarceration and placing on reservations of the proud, independent Sioux nation. It is the end of the frontier and the end of a way of life. Sadly, it is also a curtain raiser to the same kind of atrocities, little known, that US forces committed against Filipinos in the first years of the 's; and it leads to My Lai in Vietnam, and Abu Gharib in Iraq.

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It is another reminder that war and colonization is hell, and that commanders cannot be counted on to restrain their men, and that the casualties of conquest are more often civilians than soldiers. The real sadness of this book, however, is Black Elk's measured but ultimately tragic telling of the death of the Sioux way of life in the final decades of the 's, of the breaking of their spirit, and the perishing of their magical, nomadic culture at the hands of "Western progress.

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Get fast, free shipping with site Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. He felt he failed in that life quest considering all the broken treaties and sad outcomes to his tribe from violent conflict with the U.

Army during his youth.

He was 13 when the Black Hills were taken from the tribe for its gold and was present during the Battle of the Little Big Horn of , was close at hand when his hero Crazy Horse was killed while in custody.

By 17 he was recognized as a medcine man and began sharing his visions. These events are best understood by reading books of history and biography, but I felt the impact of their cultural trauma in a powerful way through the authentic voice of Black Elk: I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young.

And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream. There is no center any longer, and the sacred tree is dead. After Wounded Knee, the tribe had to knuckle under, and Black Elk set out to learn more of the ways of their conquerers. As usual, he dwells little on the detailed events as he lived them but focuses on the big picture. He was awed by the power of a civilization that could make railroads, steamships, and engines of war.The Gold Rush of had diminished.

If you downloadd this book without a cover, you should be aware that this book is stolen property. Starving and freezing, they surrendered to soldiers who brought them to Wounded Knee.

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Chapter 9 47 had eaten and was swimming when his father told him to look after the horses. A Lakota shoots a white man probably Captain French, Neihardt notes who was very brave. Although these transcripts are by no means verbatim records of what Black Elk spoke, they are the closest and most reliable version; thus, they offer otherwise unavailable insight into the complex process of editing that produced Black Elk Speaks.

He enters his tepee and sees his parents attending a sick boy who is himself. According to DeMallie, Black Elk told Neihardt very little about his missionary work and life as a catechist.

The Spirit Journey. He sees himself as a man who could not enact the vision that was granted to him.