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Black Elk Speaks - Being The Life Story Of A Holy Man Of The Oglala Sioux Paperback – 1989
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Neidhardt left out the ensuing years on Pine Ridge Reservation and Black Elk's acceptance of Catholicism to frame a lost way of life, the sadness and injustice of it, and the greatness and seeming inevitability of Black Elk's vision. I believe any poetic license taken was in service of bringing forth a greater truth. The book was not meant to be a biography or history of the Lakota, but to preserve Black Elk's vision and so the purpose of the book was accomplished. Those who want to pick at the book miss the greater impact of Black Elk's life and vision. As this was not Neidhardt's culture he probably also didn't totally understand nor was he able to explain some things, but again, are we missing the greater truth of the book by focusing on imperfections? Read this book with an open heart and you won't be disappointed.
Some feel Black Elk became a Catholic as a way of continuing to teach the Lakota way along with the Christian faith to preserve the Lakota culture. I believe he was intelligent and had such a great spirit he saw he could blend both faiths and build a bridge for the future. Nor was he intimidated into the Christian faith. His daughter said his acceptance of the Catholic faith was true and not a sham to keep teaching the Lakota ways surreptitiously. After reading this book, if Black Elk interests you there are books available on the later half of his life. Black Elk lived until 1950. You may also be interested in The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux (The Civilization of the American Indian Series).
If you would like a somewhat different perspective or style of writing you might take a look at Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions (Enriched Classics). Lame Deer felt Black Elk Speaks missed the mark in some ways so he enlisted the help of Richard Erdoes to write his own book as Lame Deer did not speak much English. I enjoyed reading Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions as there is humor and compassion toward all in his account of his life and that of his people.
Black Elk was undoubtedly himself a very wise man, with strong spirit guides to help him and his people. It makes me cry when I think of how we have treated the indigenous Americans, taken away their land and pride, destroying them for no good reason at all. But reading this book brings you to the pristine plains of Dakota, almost like you were there yourself in those days. To me it clearly suggests that the spirit of these peoples, who lived in such great harmony with everything in the universe, is still very much the same - even to this day.
Even if you are of another faith or no religion at all, this story of such a beautiful being will aid you in understanding the great, sacred thread of universality that runs through all hearts who seek truth and love for all vital life force.
It will stengthen your heart and calm your spirit,leaving you with a deeper love and understanding of others while empowering you at the same time.
You really feel the strength of a people living in total harmony with
nature, with universe.
The drawings by "Crazy horse" are great and tells it's own story.
So much to learn for us who live in a too material and rushed life.
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