This chapter also establishes the style of the narrative

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This chapter also establishes the style of the narrative. Black Elk tells his story in the first person; he  is the narrator and refers to himself as "I." The language is simple, partly because the story is told  through an interpreter (Black Elk's son Ben). The tone of the narrative is elegiac, a lament for a time  that has gone and for what Black Elk sees as his personal failure in not enacting the vision he was  granted (see Chapter 3 for more on the vision). Black Elk Speaks  is the transcription of personal conversations between Black Elk and Neihardt.  This format was not new; narrated Indian autobiographies were popular at least as early as 1833  when  Black Hawk: An Autobiography  was published. Consistent with the practice of many different 
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