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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J 978.0049 NEL (Text) 33500010500528 Main Available -
Mahnomen Public Library J 978.0049 NEL (Text) 33500010500536 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 978.0049 NEL (Text) 33500012761698 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780810983991 (reinforced bdg.)
  • ISBN: 0810983990 (reinforced bdg.)
  • Physical Description: 47 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 27 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2010.

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
Maps on end papers.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 46) and index.
Summary, etc.:
A simple biography of Lakota-Oglala medicine man Black Elk, from his childhood vision which shaped his life through his battles with the whites and his travels with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.
Target Audience Note:
008-012 Ingram.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 March #2
    *Starred Review* This handsomely designed, large-format book tells the story of Black Elk (1863–1950), a Lakota man who saw many changes come to his people. In this first-person, present-tense account, Black Elk says that as a nine-year-old boy, he is blessed with a Great Vision. At 12, he fights in the Battle of Little Bighorn. After traveling in Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and, later, experiencing the massacre at Wounded Knee, he retreats to a reservation, where he holds his vision in his heart and offers it to others. Often quoting from Black Elk Speaks (1932), Nelson makes vivid the painful ways life changed for the Lakota in the 1800s, and throughout he questions how Black Elk's vision, which explains that humans must realize they are living in a circle of supportive life, juxtaposes against harsh reality. It is a question readers will ponder as well. Colorful, imaginative artwork, created using pencils and acrylic paints, is interspersed with nineteenth-century photos, underscoring that this dramatic account reflects the experiences of a man who witnessed history. Back matter includes an extensive author's note, a detailed time line, source notes, and a source bibliography. A helpful, attractive map on the endpapers frames this unusual presentation.

Author Notes

S. D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of the Dakotas. He is the author of three previous children’s books for Abrams. School Library Journal called Gift Horse “fluid in both narrative and illustrations,” and Kirkus said Star People

was “an exemplary offering.” He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Subject: Black Elk, 1863-1950 > Juvenile literature.
Oglala Indians > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Black Elk, 1863-1950.
Oglala Indians > Biography.

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