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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (October 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803265646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803265646
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In The Sixth Grandfather, Dr. DeMallie reveals himself to be a uniquely sensitive interpreter of Lakota theology, philosophy, and history—which are all one in traditionalist Lakota thought. His editing is a masterpiece of scholarly skill and spiritual insight, insight that penetrates the inner beings of both Black Elk and John G. Neihardt, two men of vastly different cultures who became one as seekers of the Sacred. The Sixth Grandfather is, as it were, the completion of the holy task begun in Black Elk Speaks and When the Tree Flowered."— Father Peter J. Powell, author of People of the Sacred Mountain
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"As a careful anthropological document or a moving personal testimony, the legacy here preserved deserves a wide readership."—Library Journal
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This book is the most powerful book I have ever read.
Matthew Middendorf
When Black Elk describes his vision, it is the most beautiful, the most profound assessment of human experience that I have ever encountered.
CNJ
Black Elk wollte ja seine Vision ALLEN Menschen erzählen, nicht nur seinem eigenen Volk!!
Helga

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Middendorf on November 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is the most powerful book I have ever read. Black Elk exudes a spiritual connection that is unparalleled. He also was a man of service. He speaks with a poetic sense of the world that has been killed by science, rationalism and money lust. If we could recover the spiritual sense, this indigenous way of being, that this man had the world would be rich. This book is better than the book "Black Elk Speaks" by Neihardt, because Demallie publishes the interviews verbatim (Neihardt's influence is limited), he provides many footnotes and writes a 100 page introduction and biography on Black Elk using material not contained in the interviews. Demallie also discusses issues that arise from what Black Elk says.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Claude-René DE WINTER on June 1, 2000
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We knew "BLACK ELK speaks" for a long time, through John NEIHARDT's translation. Now, we get - at least - the full text and it's a real hapiness ! I compared the two texts, some days ago, for my Belgian students and discovered how Neihardt had betrayed the Old Man by cutting, interpreting and rewriting the original interview. This book is the most important publication in Native American spirituality for years; it presents, in the same time, a vivid Lakota experience of Little Big Horn battle and Wounded Knee massacre, without any reorganization. Read it.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By CNJ on August 1, 2005
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These are the original records of a series of interviews about spiritual awakening that resulted in the classic book "Black Elk Speaks." When Black Elk describes his vision, it is the most beautiful, the most profound assessment of human experience that I have ever encountered. Black Elk speaks in the language and symbols of his culture, so a reader who has knowledge of his way of life will better understand what he was trying to convey.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barnaby Thieme on December 20, 2012
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"The Sixth Grandfather" offers an annotated presentation of the raw transcripts of the testimony of the Lakota medicine man Black Elk to the poet and amateur ethnographer John Neihardt.

These dialogs are better known by Neihardt's poeticized rendition in the book "Black Elk Speaks." However, the well-intentioned Neihardt introduced serious distortions into his version, and should be regarded with extreme caution.

Black Elk lived the kind of life that no one would believe, if it were made up. Born to an Oglala Lakota family in Wyoming in the late nineteenth century, Black Elk lived a traditional life in camps pitched with tipis on the forests and plains, hunting buffalo and resisting the encroachment of white settlers in the region.

At the age of nine, he fell into a coma for twelve days, during which time he experienced what he would subsequently call his "Great Vision," in which he traveled up into the sky and met with the Six Grandfathers, partial personifications of the Great Spirit who dwell in the six directions (north, south, east, west, up, and down). As he took leave of the Grandfathers, he gradually realized that the sixth grandfather, the lord of the earth below, was he himself.

He awoke with the conviction that he had a sacred mandate and duty to restore his people to health and power, and spent the rest of his life with that vision as a spiritual and moral reference point, asking himself at various points along the way how important experiences fit into his vision, and filling him with the frequent anxiety that he was not fulfilling his charge.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Lucio on January 9, 2007
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I felt this book was a constant page turner. If your interested in native american literature this is a wonderful book to have in your collection. Find a quiet place burn some sage and cedar and begin your journey with the sixth grandfather.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rose major on February 14, 2001
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In reading this book on Black Elk Speaks I was overwhelmed. It seemed like the book was meant to land into my hands. When I began to read this novel, I understood. My feelings about vision quests, and soaring with the creators helpers has been an enlightenment to me for being here. I see things that I read in Black Elk Speaks and I understand. I understand what it is like to want to save the people and to have this heaviness come over you when they don't understand you. I have heard your message and I understand.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Yanasak on November 4, 2007
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Black Elk Speaks

I ordered the book for my friend Kayla. When I found out that she was writing a paper on American Indians, I insisted she read what I feel is one of the most amazing insights into a facet of the mind they, the American Indians know well; that of the Medicine Man, their Shaman. Black Elk Speaks opened my mind to a world I knew of only in reading other books on sages that have entered realities unknown to most of us, sages from other parts of the world. Our culture generally discourages any practice that helps an individual get beyond the mental confines of the world we know. In this book, we read about a people, in this case one man, that makes it his and their life-style or "Way" where the exception in the norm.

Robert Yanasak
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helga on October 17, 2011
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Sehr interessantes Buch für alle, die sich mit Black Elk - oder wie er in Deutschland bekannt ist: Schwarzer Hirsch (falsche Übersetzung!) - befassen wollen. Für mich gehört dieses Buch zum Grundlagenwerk über Black Elk.

Das Buch besteht vor allem aus 3 Teilen:
1. Eine kurze Biographie über Black Elk. Das ist in sofern wichtig und interessant, da das Buch Black Elk Speaks" zwar den Anschein hat, als erzähle es den ganzen Lebensweg von Black Elk, aber fast unbemerkt viele Jahre seines Lebens ausklammert, die Zeiten nämlich, in denen Black Elk mit Buffalo Bill auf Wild West Show ging und vor allen aktiver Katholik war. Außerdem wird die Begegnung von Black Elk mit John Neihardt geschildert, der dann für Black Elk das Buch Black Elk Speaks" schrieb. Ebenso wird die Zeit nach dem Buch wiedergegeben, wo er in Historienspielen einen indianischen Schamanen spielt, oder auch die Begegnung mit Epes Brown, der dann für ihn das Buch Schwarzer Hirsch: Die Heilige Pfeife" schrieb.

2. Die Begegnung mit John Neihardt und die Interviews, die dann später Grundlage für das Buch Black Elk Speaks wurden, werden geschildert und die Umstände und Problemsituation beschrieben.

3. Der eigentliche Hauptteil des Buches, in dem die Scripte von Enid Neihardt, John Neihardts Tochter, die die Interviews stenographierte, als Quellenwerk veröffentlicht werden. Dazu gibt es noch eine Einleitung, die vor allem die Unterschiede der Großen Vision von Buch und Script herausarbeitet.

Das Interessante des Buches macht wohl die Spannung aus, wie John Neihardt das, was Black Elk ihm erzählt, im Buch umsetzt.
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