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Circle Boy: Bringing Black Elk‘s Storytelling to Life is 24-Full Color pages recognizing the connection to the patterns of nature that Black Elk, an Oglala Lakota, shared with us in his book Black Elk Speaks (Neihardt, 2000). It is clear from the telling of the story that Black Elk wanted to share his teachings, which encompassed many topics, however this book focuses on his observations that address the powerful and meaningful concepts of science.
“The sun was nearly setting when Black Elk said, ‘There is so much to teach you. What I know was given to me for men and it is true and it is beautiful.’”
Black Elk (1863-1950), the famous Oglala Lakota, was a leader of his people. Through observations of natural events, he told stories that combined actual historical events, Lakota cultural beliefs, and the wisdom he gained over his lifetime. Black Elk is of the past, but his powerful story and scientific observations will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who read his book. Circle Boy: Bringing Black Elk’s Storytelling to Life bridges the world of Black Elk with the importance of today’s science connections to observational science and scientific patterns through an imagined story of a young Lakota boy.