Black Elk Speaks Study Guide

Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt

Black Elk Speaks is a 1932 book written by John G. Neihardt about the story and spiritual beliefs of the Oglala Lokota medicine man, Black Elk. Neihardt interviewed Black Elk, translating and revising his words from Lakota into English. The book recounts Black Elk's life story, his spiritual beliefs about the earth and humans, his visions and descriptions of some of the Oglala rituals that he performed. The accuracy of Neihardt's account is controversial.

Black Elk Speaks Book Notes