This inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk and the tragic history of his Sioux people. This premier edition features the first-ever annotated edition of Black Elk's story as well as new commentary, maps, and a revised index.This inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk and the tragic history of his Sioux people. This premier edition features the first-ever annotated edition of Black Elk's story as well as new commentary, maps, and a revised index.Read Less
Good. 1988-Paperback-Used-Good--Shows some shelf-wear. May contain old price stickers or their residue, inscriptions or dedications from previous owners in first few pages and remainder marks.-. -Hall Street Books proudly ships from Brooklyn, NY. All orders are processed and shipped within 24 business hours, Mon-Fri. Expedited shipping and tracking available within the US. Hall Street's No-Worry guarantee lets you buy with confidence!
Good. Slight wear evident along edge of spine. Slight bend at center of book. Some browning around edges of pages and inside covers. 238 p. Includes 16-page photo/plate insert. Also includes Author's Postscript.
"Black Elk Speaks" is an interesting book, but if read completely, to include the appendices, it becomes clear that the author took significant liberties in transforming the originally dictated manuscript into more romantic prose. This has the disappointing effect of casting doubt over the book as a work of history. Taken for prose, the book is a sad memoir of an aged Lakota warrior and a record of his "visions". There are several disconnects. For warrior/medicine man who ultimately seeks revenge on the white man for the slaughter at Wounded Knee, Black Elk had little trepidation about throwing in with Wild Bill's Wild West show and touring Europe for a few years. Black Elk omits his own tribe's murder of white women and children while painting vivid pictures of U.S. Army war crimes. Still, a deeper of understanding of Plains Indian culture will be gained by any reader. I wouldn't recommend this book.
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