Neihardt is the author of Black Elk Speaks. With Ben Black Elk acting as a translator, Black Elk told Neihardt the story of his life. Black Elk Speaks is Black Elk’s life story, as told through Neihardt. When Black Elk addresses an audience (using “you”), he is speaking to Neihardt. The Author’s Postscript at the end of the book is told from Neihardt’s perspective.
John Neihardt Quotes in Black Elk Speaks
The Black Elk Speaks quotes below are all either spoken by John Neihardt or refer to John Neihardt. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the University of Nebraska Press edition of Black Elk Speaks published in 2014.).
Chapter 1 Quotes
It is the story of all life that is holy and good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and of green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one Spirit.
John Neihardt Character Timeline in Black Elk Speaks
The timeline below shows where the character John Neihardt appears in Black Elk Speaks. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 17: The First Cure
Chapter 18: The Powers of the Bison and the Elk