By John G. Neihardt
The well-known existence tale of the Lakota healer and visionary, Nicholas Black Elk.
Widely hailed as a religious vintage, this inspirational and unfailingly robust tale unearths the existence and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and the tragic historical past of his Sioux humans throughout the epic ultimate many years of the outdated West. In 1930, the getting older Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, author, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota elder selected Neihardt to proportion his visions and lifestyles with the area. Neihardt understood and this day Black Elk is understood to all.
Black Elk’s striking nice imaginative and prescient got here to him in the course of a time of decimation and loss, whilst outsiders have been stealing the Lakotas’ land, slaughtering buffalo, and dangerous their age-old lifestyle. As Black Elk recalls all too good, the Lakotas, led by means of such mythical males as loopy Horse and Sitting Bull, fought unceasingly for his or her freedom, profitable a world-renowned victory on the Little Bighorn and anguish unspeakable losses at Wounded Knee.
Black Elk Speaks although is greater than the epic background of a valiant local kingdom. it really is liked as a non secular vintage as a result of John Neihardt’s sensitivity to Black Elk’s resounding imaginative and prescient of the wholeness of earth, her creatures, and all of humanity. Black Elk Speaks is a once-in-a-lifetime learn: the relocating tale of a tender Lakota boy prior to the reservation years, the unforgettable historical past of an American Indian country, and a permanent religious message for us all.
The most efficient variation beneficial properties the first-ever annotated version of Black Elk’s tale, performed through well known Lakota student Raymond J. DeMallie, the unique status endure illustrations and new remark on them, new maps of the area of Black Elk Speaks, and a revised index.
“Black Elk Speaks is a needs to learn ebook for an individual attracted to the historical past of the Western Plains. It brings out either the romantic mythology of the West pictured at the present time and the darker fact of the past.” — Midwest booklet Review
“Black Elk Speaks is a vintage … The optimum version is integral. Raymond J. DeMallie enriches the unique textual content whereas respectfully and in actual fact acknowledging and appreciating the unique and Neihardt’s creativity, including to the ongoing legacy of Black Elk.” — Canadian magazine of local Studies
"This is the 1st variation of Black Elk Speaks that comes with annotations via a student of Lakota historical past … [and] extends Neihardt’s paintings to a much wider viewers and honors Black Elk’s imaginative and prescient of the interconnection of people with all dwelling creatures and the earth in a manner that speaks to modern environmental matters. — American Indian Quarterly
“…the compelling tale of a cross-cultural collaboration that maintains to have interaction students and lay readers alike.” — CHOICE
“If this identify isn't but at your residence or college library … keep in mind the strangely low cost and the prime quality of what SUNY Press calls the premiere variation of this nice work.” — Light of Consciousness
“If any nice spiritual vintage has emerged during this century or in this continent, it needs to definitely be judged within the corporation of Black Elk Speaks … [T]he ebook has turn into a North American bible of all tribes … it speaks to us with uncomplicated and compelling language approximately a facet of human adventure and encourages us to stress the simplest that dwells inside us…” — Vine Deloria Jr.