Winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography • Winner of the Society of American Historians Francis Parkman Prize • Winner of the Western Writers of The united states Spur Award for Easiest Western Biography • A Finalist for the Nationwide E-book Critics Circle Award for Biography

Named Some of the Easiest Books of the 12 months by way of True West (Easiest Biography) and The Boston Globe

Black Elk is the definitive biographical account of a determine whose dramatic existence converged with one of the so much momentous occasions within the historical past of the American West. Born in an technology of emerging violence among the Sioux, white settlers, and U.S. govt troops, Black Elk killed his first guy at the Little Bighorn, witnessed the loss of life of his 2d cousin Loopy Horse, and traveled to Europe with Buffalo Invoice’s Wild West display. Upon his go back, he was once swept up within the traditionalist Ghost Dance motion and shaken by way of the Bloodbath at Wounded Knee. However Black Elk was once no longer a warrior, as a substitute accepting the trail of a healer and holy guy, influenced by way of a formidable prophetic imaginative and prescient that he struggled to have in mind.

In Black Elk, Joe Jackson has crafted a real American epic, restoring to its matter the richness of his instances and gorgeously portraying a lifetime of heroism and tragedy, edition and staying power, in an technology of everlasting problem at the Nice Plains.