Vermont Humanities Council Presents: That The People May Live: The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota — Monday, September 30th at 6:30 PM
This lecture explores the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book Black Elk Speaks. Presenter Damian Costello begins with Black Elk’s Great Vision and his struggle to discern his calling during the events of the Great Sioux War.
During his long life, Black Elk lived out his vision in three overlapping roles: as a traditional healer, a Catholic teacher, and a revivalist of Indigenous traditions. In the midst of great tragedy, Black Elk wove these three strands into one beautiful life exemplifying survival, hope, and reconciliation. The talk is based on extensive historical research, extended residency in Indian Country, and continuing conversation with Lakota elders.
Damian Costello specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk.