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 means of John G. Neihardt in Black Elk Speaks, have performed a severe position in shaping the way local americans and others view the earlier, current, and way forward for Native America. those conversations with the descendents of Black Elk provide an intimate examine lifestyles at the Pine Ridge Reservation and clean views at the non secular, financial, and political possibilities and demanding situations dealing with the Lakota buyers. as well as revealing extra approximately Black Elk the healer, the family members additionally presents glimpses of Black Elk as a kin guy, instructor, and influential ancestor.
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We still eat greenies. It’s really clover when it’s real young. When it comes up, you take it and wash it and cook it like spinach. Then there were the plums. When they were real ripe, we mashed them and dried them, just like cherries. You get cherries and make wóžapi [Indian pudding]. In the old days, they made little bags out of hides—called parﬂeche—and that’s what they put it in. Everything was wild, and they went way up in the Black Hills to pick berries. We knew of a place in the Black Hills where we could get raspberries.
And then up in the hills we saw diﬀerent graves up on the hill. And then we went behind Grandma Bluﬃng Bear’s place and rode up on that hill, and there were four graves up there. We went to Grandma Bluﬃng Bear’s to ﬁnd out whose graves they were. She said they were her relations, and that was her allotted land. We’d go down those hills and cut across the road and then the other way—east, and way back in there you see a tombstone. A: It’s a mile north of Wounded Knee. The tombstone says Crow Scout on it.
We had dolls, and I used to wrap their hands and pretend they were hurt, and I was nursing them. Remember Kate and the doll that you dipped in a bucket? O: I took Kate’s doll. I was so jealous of her, because I didn’t have a doll and she had a doll. I was just little, so I took that doll and stuck it in the water. ’’ And every time she’d say that, I’d dip it in again, and Kate was standing there and just screaming, trying to get her doll out of the water. E: So after Olivia took it out, I dried it.
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