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Black Elk.

Black Elk

Joe Jackson

Picador USA

175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1800, New York, NY 10010

9781250141255, $20.00, PB, 640pp,

"Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary" is the definitive biographical account of Black Elk (December 1, 1863--August 19, 1950), a figure whose dramatic life converged with some of the most momentous events in the history of the American West. Born in an era of rising violence between the Sioux, white settlers, and U.S. government troops, Black Elk killed his first man at the Little Bighorn, witnessed the death of his second cousin Crazy Horse, and traveled to Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Upon his return, he was swept up in the traditionalist Ghost Dance movement and shaken by the Massacre at Wounded Knee. But Black Elk was not a warrior, instead he accepted the path of a healer and holy man, motivated by a powerful prophetic vision that he struggled to understand. In "Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary", author and biographer Joe Jackson has deftly crafted a truly epic Native American biography, restoring our understanding of Black Elk in the context and richness of his times. "Black Elk" reveals a life of heroism and tragedy, adaptation and endurance, in an era of permanent crisis on the Great Plains. While an absolute 'must' for both community and academic library Native American Biography collections and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Black Elk" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

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Title Annotation:Joe Jackson
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2018
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