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Black Elk Speaks Audiobook

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, The Premier Edition

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Publisher's Summary

The famous life story of the Lakota healer and visionary, Nicholas Black Elk.

Widely hailed as a spiritual classic, this inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and the tragic history of his Sioux people during the epic closing decades of the Old West. In 1930, the aging Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota elder chose Neihardt to share his visions and life with the world. Neihardt understood and today Black Elk is known to all.

Black Elk's remarkable great vision came to him during a time of decimation and loss, when outsiders were stealing the Lakotas' land, slaughtering buffalo, and threatening their age-old way of life. As Black Elk remembers all too well, the Lakotas, led by such legendary men as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, fought unceasingly for their freedom, winning a world-renowned victory at the Little Bighorn and suffering unspeakable losses at Wounded Knee.

Black Elk Speaks however is more than the epic history of a valiant Native nation. It is beloved as a spiritual classic because of John Neihardt's sensitivity to Black Elk's resounding vision of the wholeness of earth, her creatures, and all of humanity. Black Elk Speaks is a once-in-a-lifetime read: the moving story of a young Lakota boy before the reservation years, the unforgettable history of an American Indian nation, and an enduring spiritual message for us all.

The premier edition features the first-ever annotated edition of Black Elk's story, done by renowned Lakota scholar Raymond J. DeMallie, the original Standing Bear illustrations and new commentary on them, new maps of the world of Black Elk Speaks, and a revised index.

©2008 The John G. Neihardt Trust (P)2014 Skyyrim Studios

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    Mrs. Sandra A. Geary 26/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic book recommend to anyone"

    This is such a great book to read and gives a great insight to the American Indians way of life and the struggle they faced in the genocide of their culture. Black Elk your words are forever held in my heart may the great spirit bring into being your vision of the sacred hoops of all nations.

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  • Robert
    Coatesville, IN, United States
    14/03/14
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    "A book that will change your life..."
    Would you listen to Black Elk Speaks again? Why?

    This is a book that I will be relistening to and rereading over and over again the rest of my life. It is so full of fascinating detail about another culture, spiritual insight and wisdom that I will get more out of it every time I listen to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The spirituality of the hoop of the world. The ending when Neihardt takes Black Elk up Harney Peak one last night.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Neihardt – was your favorite?

    Black Elk


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It is easy to listen to RobinNeihardt's voice so the fascinating book comes through well.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marion Willms
    20/04/15
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    "An epic and important story"

    This is a spiritual diary about the struggles of the aboriginal people in the U.S. It is honest about suffering and struggles of these people

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christina Sokoloff
    30/01/15
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    "A haunting story"

    To hear the words of Black Elk is so moving and sad indeed! May his vision yet be realized...for all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William Sanders
    25/01/15
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    "Tale of tears"

    The greatest and saddest story I've listen to, well captured by Flaming Rainbow. How badly The People were treated, and the constant soup of lies they were forced to eat. Do not listen if you are not ready to hear America's dark history. What strikes me is how surprised people are to hear about the freedoms lost to our Govt today. Read and listen to the history of your Grandfathers folks; don't think that what was done to The People before wont be done to you tomorrow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Idaho Trojan
    14/01/15
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    "Insight full, packed full of meaning ..."
    If you could sum up Black Elk Speaks in three words, what would they be?

    Life & Times of a True Native American


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Black Elk ... simple, understandable use of language but with tremendous meaning in every word. You can appreciate his life story simply as an autobiography or you can quickly find the deep understanding and meaning therein.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Neihardt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration is VERY dry and formal, BUT this is appropriate for the topic and the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to the entire book in one sitting but I plan to revisit sections in the future and dig deeper.


    Any additional comments?

    I think a reader could use this an entre into the Native American spiritual perspective, but I think you could also use this much later in your research and growth on a much deeper level.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DAVID
    21/10/16
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    "Loved it!"

    this book opened my eyes to all of the lies I learned about Native Americans in public schools

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S.
    ELLSWORTH, WI, United States
    17/10/16
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    "amazing!"

    This is an important piece of history for all Americans. The story was heartbreaking but I'm glad I listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delphin Naio
    Midcoast, Maine
    26/09/16
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    "couldn't stop listening: important and engaging"
    Where does Black Elk Speaks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, it's one of the books I've known I needed to read, but until I read/heard it, I didn't realize just how important it was that I read it! Even though it's translated through a white man, and as such surely has some influence of his worldview, it still strikes me as a treasure-trove of perspective on the times and happenings and worldview of Black Elk and his people. And, so very important for all Americans to know more about this history of our country--it seems to be far in the past, but there is no doubt this past reverberates today, in so many ways--and to understand why there is still need for reparations and healing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Black Elk, of course.


    What does Robin Neihardt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a fine job, but I wondered how this would have been to have a native american, esp. one from Black Elk's tribe or at least region, read this. I think it would have felt more authentic. Native english (if that's a thing) does seem to have it's own sort of dialect, even across tribes in North America (the best example I'm aware of is often not pronouncing the g on the end of -ing words)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it "all in one sitting" -- the first audiobook where I've done this. I had not intended to, but once I started, I seriously could not stop, til 2am!


    Any additional comments?

    If you live in North America, this should be required reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pete Thiele Braves fan for life
    01/09/16
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    "Truely a treasurer piece."

    This goes down as one of my favorites. Eye opening. Never learned this stuff from our history teacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dez
    11/08/16
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    The story is really engaging, especially if you love Native American history, but the reader of this literally put me to sleep. It was so hard to listen to because I'd lose focus on it at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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