A beautifully complete and chronological story of Black Elk and the context in which he lived. Narrated with a respect and understanding that allows the reader to easily emerge themselves in the story. I've never had my mouth agape so much during a book, with a look of horror at the fate of the Oglala Lakota. I believe to be a truly "patriotic" American you must understand where this land came from. How a people were systematically assimilated or destroyed and of those assimilated lived in squaller and often died of disease, famine, or of alcohol related deaths undoubtedly caused by the ripping away of their land and purpose. I've heard many people say it is too "depressing". If you can't hear about it imagine living through it! This is a must read.
Really amazing book, it is hard to believe how mistreated these people were/are. I was very impressed with the resilience of black elk and how he changed when he needed to for his people. I would highly recommend this audiobook! Please listen to better understand the level of cruelty these people faced, so it won’t be repeated.
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