Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary

The Life of an American Visionary

Kushiel's Legacy Band 35

Joe Jackson

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Beschreibung

Winner of the Society of American Historians' Francis Parkman Prize
Winner of the PEN / Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
Best Biography of 2016, True West magazine
Winner of the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award, Best Western Biography
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography
Long-listed for the Cundill History Prize
One of the Best Books of 2016, The Boston Globe

The epic life story of the Native American holy man who has inspired millions around the world

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.

In Black Elk, Jackson has crafted a true American epic, restoring to its subject the richness of his times and gorgeously portraying a life of heroism and tragedy, adaptation and endurance, in an era of permanent crisis on the Great Plains.

Joe Jackson

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 624
Erscheinungsdatum 25.10.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-374-25330-1
Verlag Farrar Strauss & Giroux
Maße (L/B/H) 23,6/15,8/5,3 cm
Gewicht 932 g

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  • CONTENTS

    Dramatis Personae
    Map
    Prologue: "A Sort of a Preacher"

    Part I: If You're Not Good, the Wasichus Will Get You
    1. Chosen
    2. A Casualty of the Hundred Slain
    3. The Great Vision
    4. Resurrection
    5. The Black Hills
    6. "It Is War"
    7. When the Wasichus Come

    Part II: Childhood's End
    8. The Burning Road
    9. Killing Crazy Horse
    10. Grandmother's Land
    11. The Fear
    12. Dances with Thunder

    Part III: The Messiah Will Come Again
    13. The Land of Darkness
    14. The Making of a Medicine Man
    15. The "Show Man"
    16. The Entrance to Hell
    17. La Belle Époque
    18. The Messiah Will Come Again
    19. Dances with Ghosts
    20. Wounded Knee
    21. " There Will Be a Better Day to Die"

    Part IV: "What Is an Indian?"
    22. The Underground 347
    23. Black Robe Days 361
    24. Vanishing Americans
    25. Black Elk Speaks
    26. Defenders of the Faith
    27. Disciples

    Epilogue: Besieged
    Time Line
    Notes
    Acknowledgments
    Index