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Oklahoma City University book discussion scheduled for Tuesday

“Black Elk Speaks” will be the topic for the Oklahoma City University book discussion series
BY JOSEPH STIPEK Published: January 19, 2013

The Oklahoma City University book discussion series “Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma” will continue at 7 p.m. Tuesday with John G. Neihardt's “Black Elk Speaks”in the Walker Center for Arts and Sciences.

Admission to all book discussions is free. The series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

C. Blue Clark, a law professor and expert on American Indian legal issues and religion, will lead discussion of the book.

“Black Elk Speaks” is the autobiographical account of the Oglala Sioux medicine man relayed from Black Elk to Neihardt. Black Elk participated in the Battle of the Little Horn and survived the Wounded Knee Massacre.

Clark said “Black Elk Speaks” is the single most important work about American Indian spirituality.

“It's also an important work because it describes the end of confinement of the reservation, the end of the nomadic life and all that it entails,” Clark said. “That means assimilation, boarding schools, loss of land, conversion to Christianity and capitalism. He was an eyewitness to it and describes it eloquently.”

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