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Black Elk Speaks by Nicholas Black Elk
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Nov 28, 08

bookshelves: history, classics, book-to-re-read
Read in January, 1984, read count: 2

The story of an Oglala Souix Shaman, Black Elk, cousin of Crazy Horse. He witnessed the battles of Big Horn and Wounded Knee. He tells his story through a translator, to the poet Neihardt.

I read this in High School and again when I worked as the historian for the Pres. Benjamin Harrison Home. Harrison was the Pres. during the Wounded Knee battle and I needed to refresh the story and started an educational program using some quotes from this, Harrison letters, tlelgrams, news paper reports, ets. It was brave of the Board to allow me to do that. It was pretty audacious to do. I just felt strongly that Harrison, after reading his letters and getting to know his voice and mind, really hated that this had happened but was trapped by being a product of his time. We can't judge the past, just present it and learn from it.
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