This colorful book introduces you to the world of Black Elk, one of the most amazing people of the twentieth century. You will learn about Black Elk's life-from his childhood in the American West to his efforts to teach the world about his people's religion and culture, preserving the Native American way of life-and his belief that we all have the power to make the world a better place. Through enjoyable biography, activities inspired by Black Elk's values and beliefs, and his own words, you will see how one person can have a positive influence on the world.
Black Elk is the biography of Black Elk, a famed spiritual leader of the Oglala Lakota Sioux and a performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. The book is one in a series of Spiritual Biographies for Young People, and the subject is well chosen. Black Elk led a fascinating life during a pivotd period for the Sioux nation, from his birth in 1863 until his death in 1950.
His greatest contribution may have been the preservation of Oglala Lakota Sioux spiritual beliefs and practices, recorded in detail, thanla to months of interviews, in the book Black Elk Speaks, by poet John Neihardt. Although the book met with limited success upon its publication in 1932, it was responsible for a resurgence in the 1960s of the spiritual practices it described, thereby preserving these practices for furure generations. Ultimately, the impact of this book was the fulfillment of a propheticdream Black Elk had had as a child.
Black Elk is an exceptionally well-coordinated book. It is interactive, with a project, game, timeline, and glossary. The book uses photos and artwork, combined in an interactive layout that makes the biography particularly engaging for young readers. Quakers will particularly appreciate the book's message of how a life can bear spiritual fruit in the most unexpected ways and with the most unexpected timing.