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Black Elk Speaks

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Paperback, 331 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by Jiuzhou Press
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Bev Siddons
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Black Elk Speaks is so full of wisdom, compassion, and forgiveness. While the historical aspect of the book is tragic, I found the spiritual aspect favorable.

"It is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one Spirit."
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was assigned reading in High School in the 1970s. I was very disappointed my own kids were never assigned to read it in the 2000s. I re-read it several times, and it had a profound impact on the rest of my life.

The early chapters are a bit hard to get through - many complex dream sequences. Reading them does develop the historical "character" (it would be harder to understand Black Elk's influence as an aged wise man without having read the fever-induced-hallucinatory chapters of his
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the last few chapters of the book and finished in one sitting, because these chapters resonate with me the most, even though they are the saddest among them all. The pervasive melancholy and feeling of lost in the world is well captured. Thought this book will cover Black Elk’s life and was surprised how it ended at Wounded Knee Massacre. It is an absolute tragedy and think we all died in a way when reading this chapter. It’s a fascinating read into a glimpse of American Indian’s ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read the history “Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary” as well as “Black Elk Speaks” the play, so after having finally listened to the audiobook of the original telling, I now feel like I hear his voice. Powerful and such a painful firsthand account of a man with the gift and a curse connecting him to his ancestors where nothing he could do in his life could stave off the breaking of the wheel of his people.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was an assigned reading for a Native American Lit. class I am enrolled in. For an assigned text, I quite enjoyed the piece which is refreshing. The visions are both fascinating and compelling, and I felt invested in the story. I would recommend to people interested in Native American culture or even spirituality in general.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was much more readable than I expected it to be, so I got through it rather quickly. Kind of disappointed that Black Elk saw what the Wasichus (white people) did to his people and still converted to Catholicism later in life. Several appendices at the end, one of which gave this a bit of explanation, but still.
Linda Sirois
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read for my History of the American Indian Class
Alicia Valentyn
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful and beautifully written.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Clearly influenced by interviewing person. It was good but sad.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: haveread
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