By Esther Black Elk DeSersa, Aaron DeSersa Jr., Clifton DeSersa, Olivia Black Elk Pourier, Lori Holm Utecht, Hilda Martinsen Neihardt, Charles Trimble
The tale and teachings of Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950), first recorded via John G. Neihardt in Black Elk Speaks, have performed a serious function in shaping the best way local american citizens and others view the prior, current, and way forward for Native America. those conversations with the descendents of Black Elk provide an intimate examine lifestyles at the Pine Ridge Reservation and clean views at the spiritual, financial, and political possibilities and demanding situations dealing with the Lakota buyers. as well as revealing extra approximately Black Elk the healer, the relatives additionally presents glimpses of Black Elk as a relations guy, instructor, and influential ancestor.
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Tourists would come and ask him questions about it, and that’s what he did. And then he went to universities, rotaries, and spoke. They called him from diﬀerent places. He said he ﬁrst checked the people out to see what age group they were and then he’d just talk to them, tell them whatever they would like to hear. O: And then during the wintertime they would ask him to do lecture tours to diﬀerent schools. The schools would pay him. A Life for the Community Esther Black Elk DeSersa E: When I was small, I always played that I was helping people.
Well, what do you say? How long did I talk? Well, as we go along, this is quite a session. You know my dad, all these books that he wrote— at ﬁrst, he was reluctant about it. We Indians believe if we want to know—just like the story I told you, that boy went, took the pipe, and he went to lament. He found it out, but he never told. Now it’s up to us to ﬁnd things out, but we must have to suﬀer, be hurt, in order to know something. In order to know something, we have to know knowledge by being hurt.
When he went through the Black Hills, the tourists took pictures of him. He even went up to Mount Rushmore and down to diﬀerent places, and he came out over here at Buﬀalo Gap near Hermosa. H: And why did your father go on horseback up in the Hills? O: The Indians believe that when you lose a loved one—now, like my brother Benjamin—the spirit went up to the Hills. Benjamin traveled around through the Hills as a little boy. He and my dad—all of us—went there. My dad said he was going to look for Benjamin’s spirit, follow the places where he went.
Black Elk lives: conversations with the Black Elk family by Esther Black Elk DeSersa, Aaron DeSersa Jr., Clifton DeSersa, Olivia Black Elk Pourier, Lori Holm Utecht, Hilda Martinsen Neihardt, Charles Trimble