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When the Tree Flowered

by John G. Neihardt

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A one-room log cabin, with an indolently smoking chimney, squatted in sullen destitution a hundred yards away.
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In Black Elk speaks, John G Neihardt recorded the life and visions of a warrior and medicine man of the Oglala Sioux.

Now, in this 'fictional autobiography', Neihardt has written the most vivid novel we shall ever see of the Plains Indians of the American West.
It is a story of the years when the white men were few, when the bison hers were wide as day and meat stayed plenty and the earth stayed young..."
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"When the Tree Flowered is John Neihardt's mature and reflective inter-pretation of the old Sioux way of life. He served as a translator of the Sioux past whose audience has proved not to be limited by space or time. Through his writings, Black Elk, Eagle Elk, and other old men who were of that last generation of Sioux to have participated in the old buffalo-hunting life and disorienting period of strife with the U.S. army found a literary voice. What they said chronicles a dramatic transition in the life of the Plains Indians; the record of their thoughts, interpreted by Neihardt, is a legacy preserved for the future. It transcends the specifics of this one tragic case of cultural misunderstanding and conflict and speaks to universal human concerns. It is a story worth contemplating both for itself and for the lessons it teaches all humanity."-Raymond J. DeMallie, editor of The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk's Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt. "A warm and often moving piece of literature which can be appreciated for its literary value and for its insights into Sioux culture."-Richard N. Ellis, Rocky Mountain Social Science Journal. For more information on John G. Neihardt, visit www.neihardt.com

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