Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks - Samir Patel ETST 12 Tuesday June 2 2010...

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Samir Patel ETST 12 Tuesday June 2, 2010 Black Elk Speaks A myth is defined as a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events ( Wikipedia.com ). During the ancient times, it was the shaman whose visionary experiences helped his or her people keep alive the spiritual power of their mythology. In Black Elk Speaks, John Neihardt narrates the stirring myth of an incredible latter day shaman (Black Elk) who says his life story is that of “a mighty vision given to a man too weak to use it (Neihardt, pg. 1).” The myth of this great and powerful vision is the story of a holy man’s duty: to restore the nation, to nourish the nation, to make the nation live, to make it leaf, blossom, and flourish, to make the nation walk in a sacred manner, to make the nation walk in a manner pleasing to the powers, to help the nation go back into the sacred hoop and find the good red road, the shielding tree. Also during his vision, Black elk is given ritualistic objects that give him power among his people such as : a bow, a cup of water, a four-colored blossoming herb, and a red blossoming stick representing the tree of life at the center of the nation’s hoop. From beginning to end, Black Elk recounts the moments that have impacted the lives of his people and his role in these events. Initially Black Elk refuses to acknowledge his strength in regards to these events and instead focused on all the negative aspects. The vision gave
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