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1. You should type the paper and upload it in Canvas. Only pdf file. No APPLE, GOOGLE files, or
2. Double-space it.
3. Use one-inch margin space on all four sides.
4. The length of the paper should be minimum of 6 pages. Maximum 8 pages.
5. DO NOT USE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK. WRITE IN YOUR OWN WORDS. POINTS WILL
BE DEDUCTED IF YOU DIRECTLY QUOTE FROM THE BOOK.
6. Answer the question completely.
7. Organize the answer in your own style. Answer the question (and sub-questions in any order you
8. Use a spell-checker to check spellings. Points will be deducted for spelling errors.
9. I will grade you on how well you have used relevant material from the book, your understanding of
the material and your arguments.
10. Use many relevant examples for your arguments.
11. In this book Black Elk takes you from his childhood to his youth. Hence your choice of examples
should span those years.
12. Do not hesitate to consult me while you are writing the paper.
13. Remember that this is a history paper. Hence place your answer in a historical context.
14. I will NOT accept late submission of paper.
15. COPYING FROM THE INTERNET, CLIFF OR SPARKS NOTES IS PLAGIARISM. IT WILL
RESULT IN A F GRADE FOR THE PAPER.
Question (100 Points):
In his classic autobiography as he narrated it to John Niehardt, Black Elk shares his life, experiences,
and story of his tribe and culture and sets it in a time when his world was transformed as the United
States government and Americans moved into Indian land in the West.
Write an essay answer on what you learned about Black Elk and his tribe, culture, religion and how he
and his people reacted to the changes brought upon them. You should also write in detail about his
Great Vision, in sequence and discuss why it is perhaps the most important chapter in the book. You
must also discuss his other visions. In your paper you should include in any order, Black Elk′s views
about Fetterman′s Massacre, Custer, Crazy Horse, Buffalo Bill, the Ghost Dance, and the Wounded