John G. Neihardt

John Gneisenau Neihardt (1881–1973) was an American poet, writer, and philosopher. He is best known for his book 'Black Elk Speaks' (1932), which he wrote after extensive interviews with the Lakota holy man Black Elk. Neihardt's work focused on Western expansion and Native American culture. He was named the poet laureate of Nebraska and has been recognized for his contributions to American literature and his efforts to preserve Native American oral traditions.


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  1. 1. Black Elk Speaks

    "Black Elk Speaks" is a profound narrative that recounts the life of a Native American medicine man from the Oglala Lakota tribe. It provides a unique perspective on the Lakota people's history and culture, their spiritual beliefs, and the impact of westward expansion on their way of life. The book also delves into the protagonist's personal spiritual visions, which he believes have significant prophetic and healing powers. The narrative is a poignant exploration of the clash between cultures and the devastating effects of colonization on indigenous peoples.