This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

"Black Elk Speaks As Told Through John G. Neihard" By Nicholas Black Elk

1497 words - 6 pages

Black Elk was nine years of age when he first had his vision. He became very ill during the summer. He heard a voice while he was lying in his tepee. He saw two men coming from the clouds both carrying a long spear from the points of these spears lightning was flashing. He followed these men. A cloud came down from the sky and swept him into the sky. The men took Black Elk to a bay horse, who showed him the west where twelve black horses stood, the north where twelve white horses stood and white geese soared and circle the white horses, the east where twelve sorrel horses stood, and finally the south where twelve buckskins stood. The bay horse told Black Elk that his grandfathers where have council and he must hurry. The horses of the four directions lined up four by four and marched with Black Elk and the bay horse to the council meeting. As he turned, Black Elk say a cloud turn into a tepee with a rainbow for a door. Inside the tepee were six old men, who were representing the powers of the world: West, North, East, South, Sky, and Earth. The first being, West, gave Black Elk the power of the power beings, a wooden cup of sky for life, a bow for war, and his spirit. The second being, North, gave him a herb for the restoration of all. The third being, East, gave him a peace pipe for healing. The fourth being, South, gave him a living red stick for growing and showed him the two roads: one of prosperity, and the other of war. The fifth being, Sky, gave him the power of the wind. The sixth being, Earth, gave him power of to endure all the troublesome times he would face. Black Elk left the tepee and rode the bay horse toward the east down the road of war. He came to a fork of three rivers and here he face and killed the blue man or drouth, who was killing the plants and animals. He then went to his nation in a village where everyone lay dead or dying and gave them a heart by returning the nation's hoop. He was told to give use the living red stick, peace pipe, and the power of the Sky being. He took the living red stick, stuck it in the center of the nation's hoop, and became a live cottonwood. The people lived under the tree with the animals, the power of the Sky being blown threw the leaves of the tree, the pipe spread peace, and the daybreak star gave wisdom. The people then left on a journey on the road of prosperity. During this walk, Black Elk saw the land changed through four generations. The first generation he was the sacred circle and the holy tree. The second generation he saw the land was green, the people were restless and worried, and the cottonwood started dying. The third generation he saw that they were on the road of war and the people were no longer living as one. The fourth generation he saw the people starved, the cottonwood dead, fighting, and the bison gone. Then the great black stallion sang a song and everything was perfect once more. He went back to the six beings, who congratulated him on his endeavors. They sent him...

Find Another Essay On "Black Elk Speaks - As told through John G. Neihard" By Nicholas Black Elk

The Theme of Ecology in “Black Elk Speaks” and “The Crucible”

953 words - 4 pages Ecology is defined as the interconnections between human and nonhuman beings. Ecology addresses the full scale of life. The theme of ecology is commonly found in American literature. Such is the case of the memoir “Black Elk Speaks” written in 1932. “Black Elk Speaks” tells the story of a member of the Sioux tribe and a relative of Crazy Horse, named Black Elk. Black Elk was a witness to the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. Throughout this

Review of John G. Neihardt's "Black Elks speaks"

1225 words - 5 pages The book Black Elk Speaks was written in the early 1930's by author John G.Neihardt, after interviewing the medicine man named Black Elk. Neihardt was alreadya published writer, and prior to this particular narrative he was at work publishing acollection of poems titled Cycle of the West. Although he was initially seeking infor-mation about a peculiar Native American religious movement that occurred at the endof the 19th century for the

Review of the Black Swan by Taleb, Nassim Nicholas

1044 words - 5 pages internal mechanisms behind people’s blindness to the Black Swan which he said is confirmation bias and the narrative fallacy. The confirmation bias he referred to as people’s tendency to look for instances that confirm their story, and these past instances they treat as evidence. According to him, “it is misleading to build a general rule from observed facts.” (p. 56) That an event has not been observed does not mean it does not exist. The

Book Review of Black In Blue by Nicholas Alex

1025 words - 4 pages who is the tough guy.The next chapter is a very interesting one. It deals with the Negro policemen and his white counter part. It talks about how the Negro policemen feel they are viewed by white policemen. They feel that the white cops look at them as an oddity. It also talks about how the Negro police men feel about the white cops. The Negro policemen interviewed feel that most whites are narrow minded, bigoted and opinionated , middle class in

"Black Like Me" by John Howard Griffin

974 words - 4 pages Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin is a Multicultural story set in the south around the late 1950's in first person point of view about John Griffin in 1959 in the deep south of the east coast, who is a novelist that decides to get his skin temporarily darkened medically to black. What Griffin hopes to achieve is enough information about the relationships between blacks and whites to write a book about it.The overall main obstacle is society

"Black Like Me" by John Griffin

1099 words - 4 pages South, or if they really judged people based on the individual's personality as they said. It prompted him to cross the color line and write "Black Like Me". Since communication between the white and African American races did not exist, neither race really knew what it was like for the other. Due to this, Griffin felt the only way to know the truth was to become a black man and travel through the South. His trip was financed by the

through black spruce

1891 words - 8 pages struggles. The symbol of a bear portrays protection and love, proving once again the hardships the characters face throughout the novel and seeking for protection. While the symbol of Gosse represents seeking freedom, taking on a long journey, and seeking someone is what both of the main characters in the novel try to do. In the novel Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden, reveals to the reader that symbolism is a self-reflection of the character’s

Black Reformation through Double Consciousness

2048 words - 8 pages concept proposes that white people’s perception of Black people is obstructed by an imaginary veil that separates races, but many people forget that this lack of vision is two-fold. In The Souls of Black Folks, as the white girl looking through the veil and could not properly understand Du Bois for who he was beyond his skin color, he was not able to clearly see the whole race because of his one negative encounter with her as well, which he then

Black Views of White in Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

1197 words - 5 pages to greatness, to build from the strength gained through his past suffering and, above all, to rise beyond vengeance” (Griffin186). All people share the same strength as one another although most do not care to show it. Strength is both physical and mental, if humans are humans, then all humans share the same characteristics no matter white, black, tan, blue, red, green, or any other color in the universe. John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me makes

Ethics in Black Like Me by John Griffin

1288 words - 6 pages Black Like Me is the incredibly interesting story of John Griffin, a Caucasian man who decided to try being African American in the south during the 60s. In this analysis paper I will be addressing the ethics of this project, his potential self-deception, his ability to pass unnoticed as an imposter, along with his courage for attempting such a dangerous project in the Deep South. His project was a success and a remarkable accomplishment for

John Joseph 'Black Jack' Pershing

2256 words - 10 pages , unmindful of whether commanded by ex-Confederate or not, and mindful of only their common duty as Americans" (5). The courage and patriotism shown by the men of the tenth Cavalry in this battle earned them Pershing’s highest admiration. He was known to often praise the bravery of black Soldiers all through his career, which was not typical of the time (3). He was promoted to Captain on Fabruary 2, 1901. He ended up with the 15th Cavalry in the

Similar Essays

Black Elk Speaks Essay

1310 words - 5 pages wanted the same as anyone would, peace and freedom for their people. The Native Americans did not consider “white way of living righteous” for them, they were spiritual and had a different outlook on life, and did not want interference from outside world. In the book Black Elk Speaks, being the life story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux as told through John G. Neihardt, an Indian boy then a warrior, and Holy Man describes the life his

Black Elk Speaks Essay

1792 words - 7 pages forgotten as people and as a culture. Thus, when the right person wants to learn, only then will Black Elk speak. Hopefully, this will one-day help other Native Americans and even others to rethink their lives and to be influenced by Black Elk's life. But most of all Black Elk helped and hopes to let the life of his people live on through the words of Neihardt.While using a primary source, I was captivated by the Native Americans' struggle with

Discussion Of Black Elk Speaks Essay

927 words - 4 pages Discussion of Black Elk Speaks Black Elk was a holy man of the Oglala band of the Lakota Sioux nation. Black Elk interpreted his life as a holy man as "the story of a mighty vision" (BES, p. 2). As a child, Black Elk was blessed with a great vision from the other world. In receiving his great vision, Black Elk received a great power, a "power to make over" (BES, p. 201), a power to make things better for sick and suffering individuals and

Discusses The Main Message Of John Neihardt's Book "Black Elk Speaks"; Uses Specific Examples And Black Elk's Experiences

911 words - 4 pages teacher suggested that I explain my main points more clearlyBlack Elk Speaks, a powerful narrative told by Black Elk through John G. Neihardt, recreates powerful historical accounts of the American Indian Wars through eye-witness descriptions and graphic imagery. Black Elk chose Neihardt to act as his disciple, so that Neihardt could pass on the power of his sacred visions and the knowledge that he possessed as a Lakota holy man. Both parties