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SIXTH GRANDFATHER: ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS OF BLACK ELK, edited by Raymond DeMaillie, John G. Neihardt, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 452 pp, $12.95. Available from The Mail Order Book Catalog, 800-695-2241

These are the transcripts of Neihardt's listening to Black Elk, in the 1930's. They became the basis for the books Black Elk Speaks ( see review) and When the White Tree Flowered a memoir of 19th century life of Plains Lakota at its height. Perhaps the transcripts are of most interest to research specialists, yet I feel that many native people to whom Black Elk's words are precious will want this relatively unfiltered version too. Reviewed by Paula Giese

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