Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Black Elk On Western Wednesday...!

One of the great all time leaders of the Sioux was called Black Elk. Here is part of his story.


As a young member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) tribe in 1876, Black Elk witnessed the Battle of Little Bighorn, in which Sioux forces led by Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse dealt a crushing defeat to a battalion of U.S. soldiers led by Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer. In the 1880s, Black Elk toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show before returning to the Pine Ridge Reservation established for the Oglala in South Dakota. After the massacre of more than 200 Sioux at Wounded Knee Creek in late 1890 effectively put an end to Native American military resistance in the West, Black Elk remained at Pine Ridge, where he later converted to Christianity. In 1930, he began telling his story to the writer John Neihardt; the result was “Black Elk Speaks” (1932), a vivid and affecting chronicle of Lakota history and spiritual traditions.

You can find out much more about the history of Black Elk right here. Makes for an interesting read.

Once more, coffee in the kitchen. Homemade cookies are waiting!


Gorges Smythe said...

Absolutely worth the read!

Chickenmom said...

Thanks for that link, Mr. Hermit!

JO said...

I read this book it is a must read.

Sixbears said...

Good book. Worth the read.Had a nice pot of the good stuff with my niece and lovely wife.

Roasted some coffee this morning for tomorrow's brew.

Have a good one!

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorge...
Pretty good, wasn't it?
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Phyllis...
You are more than welcome, my friend!
Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
I figured that as an avid reader, you would like it.
Thanks for dropping by today, sweetie!

Hey Sixbears...
Nothing like sharing a pot of the good stuff with friends.
Thanks for the visit today!