This artist rendition of Black Elk Speaks was placed in Libraries and bookstores next to the original version written by John G. Neihardt. It is an artist’s translation intended to mirror the processes John G. Neihardt used to create the original tale. This book is not meant to reject Black Elk Speaks but rather to challenge the reader to think critically about the source and legitimacy of the information conveyed, and to make them aware of the process by which it was created.