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 through John G. Neihardt in Black Elk Speaks, have performed a serious position in shaping the best way local americans 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 non secular, fiscal, and political possibilities and demanding situations dealing with the Lakota buyers. as well as revealing extra approximately Black Elk the healer, the kinfolk additionally offers glimpses of Black Elk as a family members guy, instructor, and influential ancestor.
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I could answer the Mass in Latin, but there was no meaning to it for me, because I didn’t understand Latin. And I never could. I knew that saying prayers was praying to the Lord, but I never really ever went into religion until after I retired and moved home. Then I picked up the Bible, and I pray now in my own words. In my own words, because in the Bible it says that the Lord is with us continuously, no matter what we’re doing or where we go, he said. And it’s just like the Indian religion. The Great Spirit is with us constantly.
E: When they had hard times, they didn’t get enough food. Still, the men would go out and hunt, and as long as they had meat, they were all right. I guess we all loved meat—rabbits and pheasants and grouse. When they dried their meat, they had a certain way of cutting the meat so it wouldn’t fall apart when they hung it up. And then the cherries—sometimes they just spread them out and dried them whole, instead of pounding them. They did that with grapes also. I remember our mother had a box, and she put a thick layer of grapes at the bottom.
They had buggies a long time ago and I used to like to ride in the back, so I went with them. And the next day, I walked back home from Uncle Johnny’s. That must have been a mile away. And then I went to see my Grandma Good Shell, and she was right where we lived together. O: Years ago, the Indian parents were overly protective. They taught the children right from wrong, right from the beginning. Nowadays it is diﬀerent. That love between parent and child is not the same, and the way the kids behave is diﬀerent.