Black Elk DeSersa: Conversations with the Black Elk Family


I was at my grandfather's house, and he was sitting down, getting his pipe ready early in the morning, and here was Father Sialm knocking on the door. They opened the door, and he came in, and he saw my grandfather with the pipe. Father Sialm grabbed the pipe and said, "This is the work of the devil!" And he took it and threw it out the door on the ground.

My grandfather didn't say a word. He got up and took the priest's prayer book and threw it out on the ground. Then they both looked at each other, and nobody said one word that whole time.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Benjamin Black Elk
  • Esther Black Elk Desersa
  • Olivia Black Elk Fourier
  • Aaron Desersa Jr.
  • Clifton Desersa
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Lincoln, NE
Publication year:
  • 2000


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