Post by WalksInSpirit on Dec 10, 2004 12:41:31 GMT -5
Haa Maruawe! (Hello Everybody!)
"Black Elk Speaks" by John G. Neihardt is one of my all time favorite books. In it, an elderly Nicholas Black Elk sits down and recalls his life to writer John G. Neihardt. Black Elk was an Oglala Sioux Holy Man, and was Crazy Horse's cousin.
In this book, Black Elk tells of his visions, his experiences in performing ceremonies, and also about the time when he joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and traveled to England and met "Mother England" (Queen Elizabeth I), and how he liked her. He also tells of his homesickness while in England.
Black Elk also recounts the Ghost Dance Movement, and the meeting of the Paiute Holy Man Wovoka, who was given the Ghost Dance Vision to share with all peoples. Black Elk then recalls the senseless tragedy of the Wounded Knee Massacre that was the result of the United States Government's paranoia regarding the Ghost Dance Movement.
In this book, you see that in all of Black Elk's visions, he was always concerned with the welfare and happiness of his people. He dedicated his life to service of his people. The very reason he joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show was so he could go to England, in hopes to somehow gain a better understanding of the white man, so that peace could be made between the Red Man and the White Man.
I highly recommend this book! We have it on our Recommended Reading Page, and you can order it from Amazon.com, simply by clicking the title of the book on our Recommended Reading Page! Here's a quick link to The Red Path's Recommended Reading Page: hometown.aol.com/redpath3030/books.html