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Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala by Michael F. Steltenkamp

By Michael F. Steltenkamp

This biography of Black Elk relies on huge interviews with Lucy seems to be two times, the holy man’s final surviving baby, in addition to others who knew him in my opinion. Michael F. Steltenkamp sheds new gentle at the determine portrayed in Black Elk Speaks as a sufferer of Western subjugation, doomed to dwell out his existence as a relic of the previous. as a substitute, Steltenkamp unearths that during 1904 Black Elk was once baptized a Catholic and for this reason served as a loyal catechist and missionary to his fellow American Indians till his loss of life in 1950. 

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In Black Elk Speaks, the holy man prays to Wakan Tanka (Great Spirit), ''Maybe the last time on this earth, I recall the great vision you sent me" (233). 3 He is presented as a very old man, nearly blind, who might well pass away at any moment. That Black Elk experienced so much personal hurt along with his people only adds greater emotional impact to the closing pages of this book. 4 Sixteen years after Neihardt wrote of Black Elk in this fashion, however, Joseph Epes Brown came upon the very same man and found him still very much alive!

She was a nice, quiet woman who had two childrena boy and a girl. I remember playing with my cousin, and she used to treat me mean. She'd hold me by Page 18 the arm and swing me till I got dizzy. Then my grandma would really get mad. My cousins both died of tuberculosis while they were young. I don't know where my grandfather is buried because they always used to travel a lot in the old days, and he died back then. So they made a scaffold for him somewhere. My father always said that Crazy Horse was his second cousin, and he's dead too.

Page 16 Chapter two Genealogy The nineteenth-century Lakota world sketched by Neihardt was foreign to Lucy's experience of family life, and thus she alluded to it only fragmentarily. This pattern surfaces throughout her account, and its first appearance is in the text that follows. In it, we are lifted into the last century and are matter-of-factly introduced to Black Elk's family as it existed when Plains culture was at its zenith. Ironically, those were years of warfare, which, in varying degrees, was a leitmotif of Plains existence from the beginning.

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