[ Free Audible ] Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition Author John G Neihardt – Andy-palmer.co.uk
Black Elk Speaks, The Story Of The Oglala Lakota Visionary And Healer Nicholas Black Elk And His People During Momentous Twilight Years Of The Nineteenth Century, Offers Readers Much Than A Precious Glimpse Of A Vanished Time Black Elk S Searing Visions Of The Unity Of Humanity And Earth, Conveyed By John G Neihardt, Have Made This Book A Classic That Crosses Multiple Genres Whether Appreciated As The Poignant Tale Of A Lakota Life, As A History Of A Native Nation, Or As An Enduring Spiritual Testament, Black Elk Speaks Is Unforgettable Black Elk Met The Distinguished Poet, Writer, And Critic John G Neihardt In On The Pine Ridge Reservation In South Dakota And Asked Neihardt To Share His Story With The World Neihardt Understood And Conveyed Black Elk S Experiences In This Powerful And Inspirational Message For All Humankind This Complete Edition Features A New Introduction By Historian Philip J Deloria And Annotations Of Black Elk S Story By Renowned Lakota Scholar Raymond J DeMallie Three Essays By John G Neihardt Provide Background On This Landmark Work Along With Pieces By Vine Deloria Jr Raymond J DeMallie, Alexis Petri, And Lori Utecht Maps, Original Illustrations By Standing Bear, And A Set Of Appendixes Rounds Out The Edition If you re interested at all in Native American culture or even just curious, this is a must have book I ve read it twice in 10 years, and it s so rich and interesting, I ll probably read it again in five years It s one of the few books that I don t donate after reading once only a few percent make it to my crowded bookshelf. This book is easy to read, but much better to listen to do yourself a favor, get the audiobook, too Besides a trip down the path of history, the descriptions of visions, ceremonies, and traditions are quite interesting Something I enjoyed most is the language, the manner of telling the story, the speaking patterns, the names of people, places, animals. It has been 50 years since I first read this book In the interim I have always thought of it as a life changing document.The notes that have been added to this text are highly informative and often sobering They put Neihard s enthusiastic and somewhat idealized portrait of Black Elk in a accurate context.I don t know that this rereading has changed my life However, I am deeply grateful to this edition for bringing me closer to the tragedy and the enigma of my Indian brothers and sisters. The memories of Black Elk and his peers, read here, sum up the best and saddest stories possible all human history in the death of a nation Told beautifully and eloquently, and intimately I m so glad I read this I think, if you take this story to heart, it could make you a better human being.