Black Elk Speaks,
by John G. Neihardt
Black Elk Speaks,
the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and
his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious
glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt (1881-1973),
have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life,
as a history of a Native nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament,
Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.
University of Nebraska Press
One Book One Nebraska reading program
is entering its twelfth year. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one
book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or
setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected this
book from the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association's
Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge of one hundred
and fifty titles that epitomizes the best literature produced in Nebraska’s first 150 years.
The Nebraska Center for the Book board announced the choice
for the 2017 One Book One Nebraska at the Celebration of Nebraska Books
on October 29, 2016 in Lincoln, NE.
Libraries across Nebraska will join other literary and cultural
organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events that
will encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. Support
materials to assist with local reading/discussion activities are
available on the Get Involved page. Updates and activity listings
are posted on the
One Book One Nebraska Facebook group.
One Book One Nebraska is sponsored by
Nebraska Center for the Book,
University of Nebraska Press,
The John G. Neihart Foundation,
Nebraska Library Commission.
The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at and supported
by the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state's
readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers,
educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting
programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading,
and the written word.