Black Elk Speaks, in full Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux as Told to John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow), the. and So Does John Neihardt. Black Elk Speaks has been many things to m has been studied at various times as anthropology psychology, and as history. Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt ( ) in on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and chose Neihardt.

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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 neihaedt authentic voice of Black Elk: Undoubtedly he thought it true to the spirit of what Black Elk felt, even if the shaman never articulated the sentiments.

The Sun Dance and Lakota Catholicism. Black Elk was not writing the book, however. Again, and maybe the last time on this earth, I recall the great vision you sent me. Internet URLs are the best. His experiences with the Ghost Dance were intriguing. I add the creatures that crawl and swim.

I did like the Lakota claim, even though certainly “new Age-y”, that we are psychologically and emotionally most healthy if we at least a few minutes a day connected with the earth – walking on paths or on the beach, etc. He could not use the abilities gained from the slk Vision” as a Medicine blafk Holy man until he acted it out with the help of another Medicine man.

This expands my knowledge of the Native American culture.

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Selected pages Title Page. His honors include being awarded in the gold scroll of honor by the National Poetry Center as the foremost poet in the Neeihardt States John Gneisenau NeihardtAmerican poet, novelist, and short-story writer who described the history of American Indians, especially the Sioux.

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View all 7 comments. The prominent psychologist Carl Jung read the book in the s and urged its translation into German; init was published as Ich rufe mein Volk I Call My People. He had a more favorable idea of traditional Indian life than he did of life in modern America, and he had the romantic idea that somehow Indians should try to keep living as they always had, worshipping in traditional ways, performing the old ceremonies, keeping their languages and cultures pretty much intact.

Riding home from my appointment, I noticed the melting snow. I drove for miles and miles and noticed how beautiful the landscape is but could not believe how sparse and desolate the reservation appeared.

Black Elk Speaks

Some argue Black Elk converted out of necessity, but it seems that he full heartedly embraced the spirituality of Christianity, and found many similarities between Christianity and Lakota religion. Within the American Indian Movement Black Elk Speaks became an important source for those seeking religious and spiritual inspiration.

But, at the same time, this was also magically surreal to read, because I unknowingly at firstduring my reading of this had been sharing some words with Black Elk’s great-great-grandson, a very successful actor ect. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

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. I don’t exactly know how to ‘star’ this book, so I won’t. What were these visions?

Black Elk Speaks, Sort Of: The Shaping of an Indian Autobiography

However his vision was from a very masculine perspective and had only little reference to the feminine aspects. Americans place more value in losing in a good cause than winning a cheap victory. This was told by Black Elk himself to the author. After serving as translator for his father inand increasingly after his father’s death inBen Black Elk visited local schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation to tell the traditional stories of the Lakota history and culture.


The priests who worked with the Sioux were slower to adopt this attitude, but in the s Jesuit Paul Steinmetz decorated the church at Oglala with traditional Lakota symbols, and changed its name from St. Apr 15, C. The good road and the road of difficulties you have made to cross; and where they cross the place is holy.

A powerful book, and a sad book.

Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll neiardt it to the article. However, the book has come under fire for what critics describe as inaccurate representations of Lakota culture and beliefs.

They look to it for spiritual guidance, for sociological identity, for political insight, johhn the affirmation of the continuing substance of Indian tribal life.

Holy Man of the Oglala. Wise ” Black Elk and John G. In analyzing the attitudes of the white collaborators, Krupat makes use of the historiographical categories of Hayden White, who analyzed European history in terms of its philosophy, politics, and literary form