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Black Elk's Vision : A Lakota Story
by S. D. Nelson


Overview - Told from the Native American point of view, Black Elk's Vision provides a unique perspective on American history. From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, as well as his journeys to New York City and Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, this biographical account of Black Elk--an Oglala-Lakota medicine man (1863-1950)--follows him from childhood through adulthood.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Told from the Native American point of view, Black Elk's Vision provides a unique perspective on American history. From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, as well as his journeys to New York City and Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, this biographical account of Black Elk--an Oglala-Lakota medicine man (1863-1950)--follows him from childhood through adulthood. S. D. Nelson tells the story of Black Elk through the medicine man's voice, bringing to life what it was like to be Native American in the mid-to-late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The Native people found their land overrun by the Wha-shi-choos, or White Man, the buffalo slaughtered for sport and to purposely eliminate their main food source, and their people gathered onto reservations. Through it all, Black Elk clung to his childhood visions that planted the seeds to help his people--and all people--understand their place in the circle of life. The book includes archival images, a timeline, a bibliography, an index, and Nelson's signature art.
Praise for the work of S. D. Nelson

Western Writers of America Spur Storyteller Award
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award

STAR] "An appealing story full of excitement, warmth, and wisdom." --The Five Owls, starred review

"A fine choice for story hours, this will also find wide curricular use." --Booklist

"A modern-day story in the Sioux tradition of storytelling." --Winston-Salem Journal

"Splendid acrylic artwork captures the action, humor, and spirit of the tale. A solid addition to collections of Native American tales and an enjoyable read-aloud." --School Library Journal

"Nelson pulls it off with his confident style as a storyteller . . . polished illustrations . . . informative, well written." --Kirkus Reviews

F&P level: U
F&P genre: B

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780810983991
  • ISBN-10: 0810983990
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: February 2010
  • Page Count: 47
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > People & Places - United States - Native American

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 130.
  • Review Date: 2010-02-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Nelson (Coyote Christmas) returns with his highly stylized paintings and trademark primary-colored horses in this tale about Black Elk, a Sioux medicine man at the turn of the 19th century. The author, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, imagines Black Elk's first-person account of Native American life as the Wha-shi-choos (white people) bring trains and forts to the Great Plains and slaughter buffalo by the thousands (“They made lines on our land with their wagon roads and their iron rails”). Anchoring the story are spreads detailing Black Elk's vision when he was nine. In it, “the Powers of the World” teach that each person “must choose to walk with the water of life or the weapon of destruction.” The illustrations' naïve, flat style mutes some of the more graphic events (speared and bloodied fighters and horses are seen at the Battle of the Little Bighorn). Archival photos round out this poignant history lesson, and author notes contextualize the meaning of Black Elk's vision within Native philosophy. A time line of European exploration and western settlement and select Indian War conflicts is included. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)

 
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