By Esther Black Elk DeSersa, Aaron DeSersa Jr., Clifton DeSersa, Olivia Black Elk Pourier, Lori Holm Utecht, Hilda Martinsen Neihardt, Charles Trimble
The tale and teachings of Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950), first recorded by way of John G. Neihardt in Black Elk Speaks, have performed a serious function in shaping the best way local american citizens and others view the prior, current, and way forward for Native America. those conversations with the descendents of Black Elk provide an intimate examine existence at the Pine Ridge Reservation and clean views at the spiritual, financial, and political possibilities and demanding situations dealing with the Lakota buyers. as well as revealing extra approximately Black Elk the healer, the kin additionally offers glimpses of Black Elk as a kinfolk guy, instructor, and influential ancestor.
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There would be some extra, so he would take it and divide it up between us, and we used to go down to Halley’s. There were a lot of things that we learned, and we were taught to respect our elders. A lot of people think that we’re real rich, and stuﬀ like that, but we’re not. It’s that we know how to manage things in our lives, because our grandparents taught us how to do that. And the Indians a long time ago knew how to manage things. They saved what they had. , and me. Kate was the ﬁrst Indian woman in our area to be in the [Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps].
They were kind of washed out of the ground, but we didn’t know it was a grave when we found the shells. We came home and found a jar and went back up there— we were on horseback—and we picked up all those white shells. We didn’t dig a hole or anything; it was just washed out of the ground. E: We took it back to the house, and— O: Papa came home and— E: Bawled us out silly! O: He made us go back and put it back where we found it. Then he got a shovel and covered it all up. Now I can’t even remember where it is.
They have a ball, and they have sticks with a hook at the bottom. They have a goal, and if they hit the ball in there, they get a point. It’s like hockey. A: Hockey and soccer mixed. O: I often wondered if they [white people] got their soccer games from us, because in our games they also kick. They would kick the ball, and then they would kick it back over here, and kick it again. H: What did they use—a stone or what? E: Rawhide made into a ball. A: They’d take a bunch of hair and stick it in there and wrap it with the hide of the buﬀalo.
Black Elk lives: conversations with the Black Elk family by Esther Black Elk DeSersa, Aaron DeSersa Jr., Clifton DeSersa, Olivia Black Elk Pourier, Lori Holm Utecht, Hilda Martinsen Neihardt, Charles Trimble