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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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    "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.


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    Marion Willms 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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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

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    Christina Sokoloff 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    William Sanders 01-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    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.

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    Idaho Trojan 01-14-15

    An audible junkie, addicted to all things spiritual, meaningful, enlightening, masculine, additions to my own experiences and journey!

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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.

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    Dez 08-11-16
    Dez 08-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    The story is really engaging, especially if you love Native American history, but the reader of this literally put me to sleep. It was so hard to listen to because I'd lose focus on it at best.

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    Nate Daily 08-10-16
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    "Amazing, a story we are lucky to have."

    I wish I had read this book in highschool or college. This book is beautiful, I have heard of the events in this book but never told from a Native American perspective like this. The spiritual side of the book is also wonderful and helped me understand more about Native American culture.

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    John 07-24-16
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    "Once I started, I wanted to hear the whole book."

    Black Elk's testimony will change the way you feel about the Amercan Indian, his story should be in our grade school history books.

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    M. Zwack Eastern WA USA 05-17-16
    M. Zwack Eastern WA USA 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""I did not know what I knew....""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Elk Speaks to be better than the print version?

    Yes- this is such a powerful story.
    Should be told in all high schools.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Crazy Horse


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His vision and the Ghost Dance


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee"


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    "Good book, but could use a better voice"

    Enjoyed the book, though the reader was dull..almost sometimes painfully. But if you can get passed that, the story is super intriguing. This is one book I would probably prefer to actually read.

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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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