Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic

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Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic

Format:  Hardcover,

270 pages

Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

Publish Date: Nov 2009

ISBN-13: 9780806140636

ISBN-10: 0806140631

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Since its publication in 1932, "Black Elk Speaks" has moved countless readers to appreciate the American Indian world that it described. John Neihardt's popular narrative addressed the youth and early adulthood of Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux religious elder. Michael F. Steltenkamp now provides the first full interpretive biography of Black Elk, distilling in one volume what is known of this American Indian wisdom keeper whose life has helped guide others.

"Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic" shows that the holy-man was not the dispirited traditionalist commonly depicted in literature, but a religious thinker whose outlook was positive and whose spirituality was not limited solely to traditional Lakota precepts. Combining in-depth biography with its cultural context, the author depicts a more complex Black Elk than has previously been known: a world traveler who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn yet lived through the beginning of the atomic age.

Steltenkamp draws on published and unpublished material to examine closely the last fifty years of Black Elk's life--the period often overlooked by those who write and think of him only as a nineteenth-century figure. In the process, the author details not just Black Elk's life but also the creation of his life "story" by earlier writers, and its influence on the Indian revitalization movement of the late twentieth century.

"Nicholas Black Elk" explores how a holy-man's diverse life experiences led to his synthesis of Native and Christian religious practice. The first book to follow Black Elk's lifelong spiritual journey--from medicine man to missionary and mystic--Steltenkamp's work provides a much-needed corrective to previous interpretations of this special man's life story. This biography will lead general readers and researchers alike to rediscover both the man and the rich cultural tradition of his people.

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Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Publish Date: Nov 2009
ISBN-13: 9780806140636
ISBN-10: 0806140631
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 270
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.0

Chapter outline

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Cultural Backgroundp. 3
Childhoodp. 14
The Visionp. 24
Little Bighornp. 33
Medicine Manp. 45
Ghost Dancep. 59
Wounder Knee Legacyp. 73
Conversionp. 83
Catechistp. 96
The Two Roads Mapp. 115
Holy Humorp. 128
Neihardt's Visitp. 138
Sanctityp. 148
Sacred Pipesp. 161
Sacred Ritesp. 172
The Land of Many Lodgesp. 188
Black Elk's Legacyp. 205
Medicine Man, Missionary, Mysticp. 220
Chronology of Events Related top. 235
Notesp. 239
Note on Sourcesp. 247
Reference Listp. 253
Indexp. 265

Book description

Since its publication in 1932, Black Elk Speaks has moved countless readers to appreciate the American Indian world that it described. John Neihardt’s popular narrative addressed the youth and early adulthood of Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux religious elder. Michael F. Steltenkamp now provides the first full interpretive biography of Black Elk, distilling in one volume what is known of this American Indian wisdom keeper whose life has helped guide others.

Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic shows that the holy-man was not the dispirited traditionalist commonly depicted in literature, but a religious thinker whose outlook was positive and whose spirituality was not limited solely to traditional Lakota precepts. Combining in-depth biography with its cultural context, the author depicts a more complex Black Elk than has previously been known: a world traveler who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn yet lived through the beginning of the atomic age.

Steltenkamp draws on published and unpublished material to examine closely the last fifty years of Black Elk’s life—the period often overlooked by those who write and think of him only as a nineteenth-century figure. In the process, the author details not just Black Elk’s life but also the creation of his life story by earlier writers, and its influence on the Indian revitalization movement of the late twentieth century.

Nicholas Black Elk explores how a holy-man’s diverse life experiences led to his synthesis of Native and Christian religious practice. The first book to follow Black Elk’s lifelong spiritual journey—from medicine man to missionary and mystic—Steltenkamp’s work provides a much-needed corrective to previous interpretations of this special man’s life story. This biography will lead general readers and researchers alike to rediscover both the man and the rich cultural tradition of his people.

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