Main Character: Black Elk
Back of book: "Black Elk Speaks is the story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and chose Neihardt to tell his story. Neihardt understood and conveyed Black Elk's experiences in this powerful and inspirational message for all of humankind..."
My Thoughts: I read this book for my myths and rituals class. To be completely honest, I was worried that I might grow bored with this book, but I was wrong. Unlike a textbook, this biography show the first hand experiences of a prominent Oglala man during the white's settlements in the west. I am a person that loves reading about stories. This book satisfied that desire while also teaching the great struggle of the Native American people. I must admit, the entirety of the book is a translation, so the writing can be a bit stilted at times. Neihardt could have done a little bit better with the editing. Thankfully, the writing isn't distracting from the story. If you have an interest in Native American religion, this book is perfect for you. I mean, look at the price! If you want to buy this book, click on the Amazon link to the right.
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