Standing Bear is Black Elk’s friend; he’s a Minneconjou Lakota. He is present during Black Elk’s conversations with Neihardt. Because Standing Bear is a few years older than Black Elk, Black Elk consults him to verify parts of his life that he was too young to remember. Standing Bear participates in the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Standing Bear Character Timeline in Black Elk Speaks
The timeline below shows where the character Standing Bear appears in Black Elk Speaks. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Early Boyhood
Chapter 4: The Bison Hunt
...Black Elk walks down to a creek, shoots a green frog, and feels sad afterward. Standing Bear interjects, verifying that Black Elk was different after he recovered from his illness, that he... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Fight with Three Stars
Chapter 9: The Rubbing Out of Long Hair
Chapter 18: The Powers of the Bison and the Elk