NEIHARDT, John G.
Black Elk Speaks
NY, Morrow, 1932. The autobiography of Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux holy man, as told to Neihardt, a poet with a long knowledge of, and strong sympathy for, the Plains Indian cultures. A seminal book: the paperback edition, circulating on college campuses in the 1960s, helped re-ignite interest in Native American cultures among non-Natives. Illustrations by Standing Bear, a Minneconjou Sioux and longtime friend of Black Elk. This copy belonged to the artist Irvin "Shorty" Shope and is inscribed to Shope by his wife in 1945, using Shope's Blackfoot name, "Maquea - stumick," or "Wolf Bull." Shope, a cowboy artist who was adopted into the Blackfoot tribe, painted a number of portraits of Native American leaders over the years. Later inscribed by Shope's son to his own daughter. Foxing to top edge and offsetting to endpages; a near fine copy in a fair, price-clipped dust jacket: the majority of the jacket is present, albeit in large pieces, with the spine subtitle (the Life Story of an Oglala Sioux) laid in. Rare in any dust jacket. [#027442] SOLD
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