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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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  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • DAVID
    21/10/16
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    "loved it!"

    This is by far the best book I've ever read about Native American culture. A must-read for anyone interesting in the spiritual practices of the Native American Indians.

    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
  • 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
  • L.D.
    21/04/17
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    "story for a people who were sacrificed."

    There weren't gas chambers, yet there was genocide most horrible in the USA. Thank the creator for this magnificent survivor to tell their story before he passed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne Goodwin
    18/03/17
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    "Moving"

    This book moved me to tears. An incredible, poignant and enlightening account of Black Elk's life and the fate of his people. Hearing this history first hand from someone who lived it was powerful and revealing.

    I didn't enjoy the flat and monotone style of the narration, however this did not diminish the significance of the words for me.

    I would recommend this to anyone interested in Native America history and Black Elk's life as a young man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn Bixenmann
    Grand Island, NE, US
    25/02/17
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    "Powerful Narrative"
    What made the experience of listening to Black Elk Speaks the most enjoyable?

    Black Elk Speaks is a powerful first hand account of the demise of the Sioux Indians of the central plains. His visions and narratives are reminiscent of Judeo-Christian Bible stories in which his cultural beliefs and life experiences help make sense of what is going on in the world. I was struck by his strong sense of family and tribal allegiance and his expressions of sadness and heartbreak at the pain and suffering that surrounded him the entirety of his life. Being witness to so many iconic events of the last Indian Wars in the late 19th century, ie. Battle of the Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee Massacre, gives him the credibility needed to unmask this important historical document. He was haunted by his inability to help his people transcend their suffering and plight brought on by the voracious egocentric white man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J*
    13/02/17
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    "A story every man & woman should hear"

    This is not a story to love or hate. It just is. It is a man's story, his experience, his journey, his vision that stretches through all time and all nations. It is something to hold in your heart. You cannot listen without being moved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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