Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala


Author:
Steltenkamp, Michael F.
Grade Levels:
College, University
Nation:
Lakota, Plains, Sioux
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
211
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press

Price:
Sale price$25.93

Description

This biography of Black Elk is based on extensive interviews with Lucy Looks Twice, the holy man's last surviving child, as well as others who knew him personally. Michael F. Steltenkamp sheds new light on the figure portrayed in Black Elk Speaks as a victim of Western subjugation, doomed to live out his life as a relic of the past. Instead, Steltenkamp reveals that in 1904 Black Elk was baptized a Catholic and subsequently served as a devoted catechist and missionary to his fellow American Indians until his death in 1950. Jesuit Father Michael F. Steltenkamp is Professor of Religious Studies at Wheeling Jesuit University.

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