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Because Black Elk Speaks is an autobiography

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Unformatted text preview: Because Black Elk Speaks is an autobiography, not a work of fiction, it does not use characters in the same way that a novel or short story might. The characters in this narrative are actual people, some of them well-known historical figures, whom Black Elk knew and interacted with. (The question mark following some of the dates below indicates an uncertainty about a date due to the lack of written records. Black Elk (1863-1950) Oglala Sioux holy man and healer; also the name of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. White Cow Sees Black Elk's mother. Refuse-to-Go Black Elk's maternal grandfather. Plenty Eagle Feathers Black Elk's maternal grandmother. Standing Bear Minneconjou Sioux; Black Elk's friend from childhood, who participated in the Battle of Little Bighorn, who is present at Black Elk's meeting with Neihardt and occasionally supplies more...
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