Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story - S.D. Nelson 4/4.5 stars

I found Black Elk’s Vision a compelling read. Interspersing colorful acrylics with vintage photos of the events described in Black Elk’s narrative, I found this book hard to put down. I also found myself going back to key passages, illustrations, and photos to ensure that I absorbed everything. From the photograph of Black Elk on the cover to the portrait of his family near the end, this is a haunting book. Black Elk believed that all of us have a part in the circle of life. We can all hold weapons of destruction or the sacred water of life. Each of us carries the power to nurture or destroy. Black Elk choose the cup of life, and he wished that all of us would choose it as well.

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