Black Elk Speaks Comes Home

2 Oct

Black Elk Speaks is a classic book in the field of American Indian Studies. It is an autobiography of a Lakota medicine man who has visions, who was at the Battle of Little Bighorn, who traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, who saw the aftermath of Wounded Knee, and who became a Catholic lay worker among his people. Although shaped by John Neihardt, the voice of Black Elk is powerful in it.

Inside Higher Education has a fascinating story of how the book has recently migrated among academic publishers. It is good that is now back home with its original publisher, the University of Nebraska. You can read about it all here.

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