Black Elk Speaks

by

John G. Neihardt

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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.
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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
The Loss of Culture and Community  Theme Icon
Standing Bear , Black Elk’s friend who is four years older than him, tells the audience that... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Bison Hunt
Alienation Theme Icon
Unrealized Dreams  Theme Icon
...longer in pain. His parents tell him he’d been sick for 12 days, but that Standing Bear ’s uncle, Whirlwind Chaser (who is a medicine man)  cured him. Everyone is glad that... (full context)
Nature Theme Icon
Alienation Theme Icon
Unrealized Dreams  Theme Icon
...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)
Nature Theme Icon
The Transformative Power of Ceremony  Theme Icon
Standing Bear recalls killing his first grown bison on this hunt, which occurred in the Moon of... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Fight with Three Stars
Nature Theme Icon
The Loss of Culture and Community  Theme Icon
Standing Bear offers his own perspective on the battle, though he didn’t fight in it. He recalls... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Rubbing Out of Long Hair
The Loss of Culture and Community  Theme Icon
Standing Bear recalls the battle from his perspective. He had been in the Minneconjou camp along the... (full context)
The Transformative Power of Ceremony  Theme Icon
Iron Hawk, who was 14 during the battle, elaborates on Standing Bear ’s recollection, describing how a crier entered the Hunkpapa camp to announce that the soldiers... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Powers of the Bison and the Elk
The Transformative Power of Ceremony  Theme Icon
The Loss of Culture and Community  Theme Icon
Alienation Theme Icon
Unrealized Dreams  Theme Icon
...story to Neihardt, he never told one person all of his vision—not even his friend, Standing Bear , or his son, Ben Black Elk. He wonders whether he will die, now that... (full context)
Nature Theme Icon
The Transformative Power of Ceremony  Theme Icon
The Loss of Culture and Community  Theme Icon
Unrealized Dreams  Theme Icon
...21 years old, he performs the elk ceremony, which symbolizes growth. He enlists Running Elk, Standing Bear ’s uncle, to help. Six men are selected to be the elk, and four virgins... (full context)