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Unformatted text preview: A vision granted to him at the age of nine empowers Black Elk to lead and minister to his people, and especially to maintain their "sacred hoop" — their cultural identity and coherence as a tribe. This is a mandate that he now says he has failed to enact. Black Elk's growing anxiety about carrying out the promise of the vision is evident throughout the narrative. In the immediate aftermath of the vision, he repeatedly felt "queer" because he had been so marked for a special destiny; he feels separated from other members of the tribe. Black Elk typically feels somewhat daunted, rather than overly proud, at having been singled out: He is often worried that he may be unworthy of the power given to him; in any case, he specifies that the power is not his own; he is only an instrument of something much greater working through him. Despite some misgivings, he develops a confident-but-modest much greater working through him....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08