John Neihardt

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John Neihardt, who is responsible for Black Elk's narrative in the form of  Black Elk Speaks,  can be  seen in both positive and negative ways. His conversation with Black Elk, his transcription and  editing of their talk, preserved Black Elk's story, which has enlightened generations of readers. It  seems clear that  Black Elk Speaks  inspired other people, outside the Sioux tribe. Joseph Epes  Brown, author of  The Sacred Pipe  (1953), for example, recorded and edited Black Elk's explanation  of Sioux spiritual traditions. But Neihardt gained Black Elk's confidence in a rare way. There seems  to have been a meeting of the minds between the two men that did not exist between Black Elk and  anyone else. In the course of the narrative, readers learn that Black Elk has not told even his closest  friends some of what he will tell Neihardt. So,  Black Elk Speaks 
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