Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during 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, 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.
Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and asked Neihardt to share his story with the world. Neihardt understood and conveyed Black Elk’s experiences in this powerful and inspirational message for all humankind.
18 year old Alex Wilsonfrom the Oglala Sioux Lakota tribe may be young, but he finds his musical inspiration in such established artists as Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel. His melodic pop/rock is backed by sub-bass organs, gospel choirs and waves of drums while his vocals carry a raw strength above the layered accompaniment. And these are just his demos! Alex sent us this track to check out and we’re excited to see what else this young artist continues to create.