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Black Elk Speaks

John Gneisenau Niehardt

Study Help Essay Questions

1. Explain the problems posed by Neihardt's transcription and editing of Black Elk's narrative.

2. Discuss Black Elk's spirituality as it compares to a religion you are familiar with.

3. Explore the relationship between adults and children in the Sioux society depicted in Black Elk Speaks.

4. Discuss the relationship between men and women in the Sioux society depicted in Black Elk Speaks.

5. Trace the history of the U.S. Government's dealings with the Sioux as depicted in Black Elk Speaks.