Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota
visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and
his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth
century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a
vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity
of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this
book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as
the poignant tale of a Lakota life, as a history of a Native
nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is
Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G.
Neihardt in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and
asked Neihardt to share his story with the world. Neihardt
understood and conveyed Black Elk’s experiences in this
powerful and inspirational message for all humankind.
This complete edition features a new introduction
by historian Philip J. Deloria and annotations of Black
Elk’s story by renowned Lakota scholar Raymond J.
DeMallie. Three essays by John G. Neihardt provide background on
this landmark work along with pieces by Vine Deloria Jr., Raymond
J. DeMallie, Alexis Petri, and Lori Utecht. Maps, original
illustrations by Standing Bear, and a set of appendixes rounds out