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By Joe Jackson

Winner of the Society of yankee Historians' Francis Parkman Prize
Winner of the PEN / Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
Best Biography of 2016, True West journal
Winner of the Western Writers of the United States 2017 Spur Award, most sensible Western Biography
Finalist, nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award for Biography
One of the simplest Books of 2016, The Boston Globe

The epic existence tale of the local American holy guy who has encouraged hundreds of thousands round the world

Black Elk, the local American holy guy, is understood to hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide from his 1932 testimonial Black Elk Speaks. tailored through the poet John G. Neihardt from a sequence of interviews with Black Elk and different elders on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Black Elk Speaks is among the most generally learn and favourite works of yank Indian literature. Cryptic and deeply own, it's been learn as a religious advisor, a philosophical manifesto, and a textual content to be deconstructed—while the ancient Black Elk has pale from view.

In this sweeping e-book, Joe Jackson presents the definitive biographical account of a determine whose dramatic existence converged with probably the most momentous occasions within the historical past of the yankee West. Born in an period of emerging violence among the Sioux, white settlers, and U.S. executive troops, Black Elk killed his first guy on the Little Bighorn, witnessed the loss of life of his moment cousin loopy Horse, and traveled to Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West express. Upon his go back, he was once swept up within the traditionalist Ghost Dance move and shaken by means of the bloodbath at Wounded Knee. yet Black Elk was once no longer a warrior, in its place accepting the trail of a healer and holy guy, influenced by way of a robust prophetic imaginative and prescient that he struggled to appreciate. even though Black Elk embraced Catholicism in his later years, he persevered to perform the outdated methods clandestinely and not shunned looking which means within the visions that either haunted and encouraged him.

In Black Elk, Jackson has crafted a real American epic, restoring to its topic the richness of his occasions and gorgeously portraying a lifetime of heroism and tragedy, version and patience, in an period of everlasting drawback at the nice Plains.

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