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Author Jackson, Joe, 1955- author.

Title Black Elk : the life of an American visionary / Joe Jackson.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  978.0049752 B563Bj 2016    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Edition First edition.
Description xviii, 599 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 499-564) and index.
Contents Dramatis personae -- Prologue: "A Sort of a preacher" -- Part I: If you're not good, the Wasichus will get you. Chosen ; A casualty of the hundred slain ; The great vision ; Resurrection ; The Black Hills ; "It is war" ; When the Wasichus come -- Part II: Childhood's end. The burning road ; Killing Crazy Horse ; Grandmother's land ; The fear ; Dances with thunder -- Part III: The messiah will come again. The land of darkness ; The making of a medicine man ; The "show man" ; The entrance to Hell ; La belle époque ; The messiah will come again ; Dances with ghosts ; Wounded Knee ; "There will be a better day to die" -- Part IV: "What is an Indian?" The underground ; Black robe days ; Vanishing Americans ; Black Elk speaks ; Defenders of the faith ; Disciples -- Epilogue: Besieged -- Time line.
Summary "Black Elk, the Native American holy man, is known to millions of readers around the world from his 1932 testimonial Black Elk Speaks. Adapted by the poet John G. Neihardt from a series of interviews with Black Elk and other elders at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Black Elk Speaks is one of the most widely read and admired works of American Indian literature. Cryptic and deeply personal, it has been read as a spiritual guide, a philosophical manifesto, and a text to be deconstructed ; while the historical Black Elk has faded from view. In this sweeping book, Joe Jackson provides the definitive biographical account of a figure whose dramatic life converged with some of the most momentous events in the history of the American West. Born in an era of rising violence between the Sioux, white settlers, and U.S. government troops, Black Elk killed his first man at the Little Bighorn, witnessed the death of his second cousin Crazy Horse, and traveled to Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Upon his return, he was swept up in the traditionalist Ghost Dance movement and shaken by the Massacre at Wounded Knee. But Black Elk was not a warrior, instead accepting the path of a healer and holy man, motivated by a powerful prophetic vision that he struggled to understand. Although Black Elk embraced Catholicism in his later years, he continued to practice the old ways clandestinely and never refrained from seeking meaning in the visions that both haunted and inspired him."--Jacket flap.
Subject Black Elk, 1863-1950.
Black Elk, 1863-1950. (OCoLC)fst00039557
Black Elk, 1863-1950.
Oglala Indians -- Biography.
Oglala Indians -- Religion.
Lakota Indians.
Lakota Indians.
Lakota Indians. (OCoLC)fst01148316
Oglala Indians. (OCoLC)fst01044467
Oglala Indians -- Religion. (OCoLC)fst01044479
Oglala Indians -- Biography.
Oglala Indians -- Religion.
Lakota Indians.
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 9780374253301 (hardback)
0374253307 (hardback)
9781250141255 (paperback)
1250141257 (paperback)
Standard No. 40026578611

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