This book was carefully complied from a great many audio tapes of Grandfather Black Elk talking. The result is remarkably close to sitting near him as he quietly talks directly with you. (And I'd know, I once spent a weekend doing just that.) Wallace Black Elk invites you to share his feelings about the beliefs of his people and brings you into the rites and ceremonies of his spiritual quest. Few people make others so generously free with their inner lives. More than a good read, it's an experience!
Those who know Wallace Black Elk personally know that Bill Lyons captures the flavor of Grandfather's humor, the deeper teachings that lay behind the words, as well as the pain and difficulties that have gone into making access to the Spirit available to all. When you read this book, you'll know why the early government and Christian religions wanted to stop the Indian practices - they're real, and you'll be glad for the triumph of these sacred teachings. Like his predecessor, Nicholas Black Elk, Wallace Black Elk's vision goes beyond the borders of race to encompass all beings, so that once again, the great hoop may be whole. For Indian peoples who have lost contact with spiritual origins, whatever they may be, this book can be a powerful reclamation of the Spirit. For all people who have been searching for the something that has been missing, you will find it in Black Elk: The Sacred Ways of a Lakota. This book and others detailing the shamanic practices of our ancient Indian cultures are a real coup for the American Indian: in spreading the teachings, these courageous men and women have transformed the children of the enemy into friends and allies. The whole world benefits.
I am doing a report for my college writing class and I used alot of information and the stories Black Elk shared. I enjoyed the book tremendously due to the fact that the Native culture interests me and I have learned more about their ways and the culture of the Lakota.
I love this book! Wallace Black Elk tells of growing up as the grandson of the legendary Black Elk with such warmth and humor. It's a great look into the culture and ritual of Lakotah life--especially for those who have no previous knowledge of this way of life.
This is the story of Wallace Black Elk (A Lakota Sioux medicine man) compiled by William S. Lyon from a series of interviews on audio tapes. Personaly I believe that Mr. Lyon stretched the truth in a few places. If you are interested in Shamanism I would recommend against following his directions for a vision quest of going 96 hours (4 days) without food or water. I recommend the following books on Shamanism. "Rainbow Medicine: A Visionary Guide to Native American Shamanism" Wolf Moondance "Secrets of Shamanism: Tapping the spirit power within you" Jose and Lena Stevens "Shamanic Experience" Kenneth Meadows "Shamanism: As a Spiritual Practise for Daily Life" Tom Cowan "The Way of the Shaman" Michael Harner If you have questions or comments E-Mail me. Two Bears Wah doh Ogedoda