Black Elk’s vision

To make a revision, the goal is to refine your response and to make sure you write a comparision between the “expected” and “unexpected” for the purpose of teaching the power of subliminal messaging and critical thinking skills. Therefore, rather than relying on your first written response, you should write another completely new essay. The best way is not to look at or study your first response. Try again from scratch. A new essay will gain more revision points.

Material: John G. Neihardt. Black Elk Speaks chapters 1-10

General: Be sure to have a beginning, middle and an end, and a thesis statement. Be sure to use for support rather than as answers at least four quotations and/or examples from the texts, lectures, essays and visual materials found in the folders.

Question: Black Elk’s vision exposes the reader to a general view of a Lakota world-view, philosophy, religion and man’s/woman’s place in the universe. Many of the “expected” versions of the American Indian/Native American are covered by texts like, Whiteman’s Indian, Rethinking Michigan Indian History and many of the resources found in the folders and galleries. The premise is that Black Elk’s vision is an example of the unexpected Indian. The question is how does the unexpected change your understanding of the expected, not as a negation, but as a way of understanding the validity of both the expected and the unexpected. What does the unexpected teach you about critical thinking, the power of subliminal messaging, and the value of learning how to distinguish the “invented” Indian from the “flesh-and-blood” Indian, at least in a very rudimentary way?

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