Dan McMullin's Reviews > Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

Black Elk Speaks by Black Elk
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Apr 18, 2010

it was amazing
Read in March, 2010

I'm not sure why it's "by" John G. Neihardt when it is an edited transcription of the words of Black Elk himself. However, it's a wonderful read. There's a more direct translation around, but this is the one I've read so far. The version I read has notations by Native American scholar Raymond J. DeMallie, which is helpful and insightful towards weeding out Neihardt's alterations of Black Elk's profound story and message. I love this book as a testament of faith and it is awesome as a text of survival in the midst of the attempted genocide of the Sioux by the United States. Most of all I am inspired by the spirituality of Black Elk.

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