Black Elk by Joe Jackson audiobook

Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary

By Joe Jackson
Read by Traber Burns

Blackstone Publishing 9780374253301
22.50 Hours Unabridged
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Here is the epic life story of the Native American holy man who has inspired millions around the world. Black Elk, the Native American holy man, is known to millions of readers around the world from his 1932 testimonial, Black Elk Speaks. Adapted by the poet John Neihardt from a series of interviews, it is one of the most widely read and admired works of American Indian literature. Cryptic and deeply personal, it has been read as a spiritual guide, a philosophical manifesto, and a text to be deconstructed—while the historical Black Elk has faded from view. In this sweeping book, Joe Jackson provides the definitive biographical account of a figure whose dramatic life converged with some of the most momentous events in the history of the American West. Born in an era of rising violence, Black Elk killed his first man at Little Big Horn, witnessed the death of his second cousin Crazy Horse, and traveled to Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Upon his return, he was swept up in the traditionalist Ghost Dance movement and shaken by the massacre at Wounded Knee. But Black Elk was not a warrior and instead chose the path of a healer and holy man, motivated by a powerful prophetic vision that haunted and inspired him, even after he converted to Catholicism in his later years. In Black Elk, Jackson has crafted a true American epic, restoring to Black Elk the richness of his times and gorgeously portraying a life of heroism and tragedy, adaptation and endurance, in an era of permanent crisis on the Great Plains.

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Summary

Summary

A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2016

Winner of the 2017 Spur Award for Best Western Biography

Winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

A Boston Globe Pick of the Best Books of 2016

Longlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

A Paris Review Selection

A Millions.com Pick for Most Anticipated Nonfiction Book of 2016

Here is the epic life story of the Native American holy man who has inspired millions around the world.

Black Elk, the Native American holy man, is known to millions of readers around the world from his 1932 testimonial, Black Elk Speaks. Adapted by the poet John Neihardt from a series of interviews, it is one of the most widely read and admired works of American Indian literature. Cryptic and deeply personal, it has been read as a spiritual guide, a philosophical manifesto, and a text to be deconstructed—while the historical Black Elk has faded from view.

In this sweeping book, Joe Jackson provides the definitive biographical account of a figure whose dramatic life converged with some of the most momentous events in the history of the American West.

Born in an era of rising violence, Black Elk killed his first man at Little Big Horn, witnessed the death of his second cousin Crazy Horse, and traveled to Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Upon his return, he was swept up in the traditionalist Ghost Dance movement and shaken by the massacre at Wounded Knee. But Black Elk was not a warrior and instead chose the path of a healer and holy man, motivated by a powerful prophetic vision that haunted and inspired him, even after he converted to Catholicism in his later years.

In Black Elk, Jackson has crafted a true American epic, restoring to Black Elk the richness of his times and gorgeously portraying a life of heroism and tragedy, adaptation and endurance, in an era of permanent crisis on the Great Plains.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The book is read superbly with matter-of-fact pacing and clarity by Traber Burns, who distinguishes between text, dialogue and quotation with subtle modulation. He executes the many Indian names and expressions gracefully, doing justice throughout to a very great book.” Washington Post (audio review)
“Traber Burns provides a narrative performance that resides somewhere between that of a devoted professor and a wise storyteller. That’s fitting, because this is a deep, detailed historical document.” AudioFile
“Jackson…creates a deeply felt and personal story of loss and change on the plains…The long set piece concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn is among the very best I’ve ever read.” Washington Post
“It is an extraordinary life—from fighting in the Battle of the Little Bighorn to touring Europe with Buffalo Bill to growing old on the reservation…[recounted] in Joe Jackson’s excellent biography,…The Black Hills, an ancient American sacred space, are like a cave mouth opening towards the sky, and Black Elk is one of its great voices.” Paris Review
“Jackson’s fascinating biography tells the true story of this American holy man.” Newsday
“Remarkably researched and beautifully told…shifting in subtle ways the stories we thought we knew.” National Book Review
“By far the most comprehensive biography of its subject to date. Jackson portrays Native Americans with a clear-eyed sympathy that avoids sentimentality, bringing historical figures such as Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, and Sitting Bull to life and providing fascinating insights into Indian life, culture, and, most notably, religion.” Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk)
“Leaves the reader in awe of Black Elk’s struggle to help his people preserve their culture.” Booklist (starred review)
“Stirring, wide-ranging biography of the Sioux elder whose testimonials underlay ‘one of the twentieth century’s most important documents on Native American culture’…Surveys a broad swath of world history to place the Lakota spiritual leader in that terribly eventful context, and he does excellent work in doing so…One of the best moments in a book marked by many is Jackson’s in-passing examination of the role of the American media in fueling the Indian Wars…Of much literary and historical merit.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Jackson panoramically renders a narrative as majestic as the American West in this fine account of the life of Black Elk…A major contribution to Native American history.” Publishers Weekly
“Jackson endeavors to extricate the historical Black Elk from the mythology surrounding his legacy…Fascinating.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by DND 9/13/2017
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Beautiful Biography

A beautifully written biography on Black Elk and the people around him (Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Red Cloud). Joe Jackson gives us an in depth look at Black Elk as a young boy all the way to an old man, sharing his sorrows as well as his happiness with us. Traber Burns does a good job with the narration, giving the Indian pronunciations the respect they deserve. A great read for anyone interested in this era and the people

Author

Author Bio: Joe Jackson

Author Bio: Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson is the author of one novel and six works of nonfiction, including Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic. His book The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire was named one of Time magazine’s top ten nonfiction books of 2008. His Leavenworth Train was a finalist for the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime Book.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 22.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English