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Neihardt frames Black Elk Speaks with his Preface and Author

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Neihardt frames  Black Elk Speaks  with his Preface and Author's Postscript, which, though modest,  remind readers of an editing presence. In these two pieces, Neihardt describes the circumstances of  his conversation with Black Elk. Chapters 1 and 2 are preliminary to the description of the great  vision in Chapter 3; they convey Black Elk's confidence in Neihardt and record the first few years of  Black Elk's childhood, including the first time he heard voices at age five. Chapter 3, the longest and  most complicated chapter of the book, describes the vision that Black Elk was granted when he was  nine years old. Highly iconographic and symbolic, Black Elk's early vision depicts his journey to a  cloud world in the sky where six grandfathers give him sacred objects and empower him to maintain  his people's sacred hoop. From this vision, Black Elk gains a sense of himself as different from 
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