Where the Tall Grass Grows: Becoming Indigenous and the Mythological Legacy of the American West
En este libro provocador y entretenido, el historiador y músico Bobby Bridger explora el impacto de la cultura nativa americana en la psique norteamericana. “Donde crece la hierba alta” (“Where the Tall Grass Grows”), examina el impacto de la mitología de los indios de Norte América en la identidad contemporánea y el desarrollo de entretenimiento popular moderno, particularmente la industria cinematográfica de Hollywood. Los vaticinios del vidente Alce Negro, hombre santo entre los Lakota, tejen una crónica de los indios norteamericanos en la psique cultural de Estados Unidos de la época de Buffalo Bill, Toro Sentado, y el Salvaje Oeste a través de la creación de las películas de vaqueros (westerns), John Wayne, Bailando con Lobos, Avatar, y los modernos creadores de mitos. De este modo, Bobby Bridger ofrece una mirada muy original a la historia y la cultura estadounidense desde mediados del siglo XIX hasta la actualidad.
In this entertaining and thought-provoking book, noted historian and musician Bobby Bridger explores the impact of Native American culture on the American psyche. “Where the Tall Grass Grows” examines the impact of indigenous American mythology on contemporary identity and the development of modern popular entertainment, particularly the Hollywood film industry. The prophecies of the Lakota holy man Black Elk are woven into a chronicle of American Indians in the American cultural psyche from the era of Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull, and the Wild West through the creation of the Western, John Wayne, Dances with Wolves, Avatar, and modern mythmaking. In so doing, Bridger provides a highly original look at American history and culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.
- Black Elk Speaks: being the life story of a holy man of the Oglala Sioux(as told to John G. Neihardt), Bison Books, 2004 (originally published in 1932) : Black Elk Speaks
- The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk’s Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt,edited by Raymond J. Demallie, University of Nebraska Press; new edition, 1985
- The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk’s Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux(as told to Joseph Epes Brown), MJF Books, 1997
- Spiritual Legacy of the American Indian(as told to Joseph Epes Brown), World Wisdom, 2007
- Books about Black Elk
- Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala, by Michael F. Steltenkamp, University of Oklahoma Press; 1993. ISBN 0806125411
- Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic, by Michael F. Steltenkamp, University of Oklahoma Press; 2009. ISBN 0-8061-4063-1
- The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk’s Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt, edited by Raymond J. DeMallie; 1985
- Black Elk and Flaming Rainbow: Personal Memories of the Lakota Holy Man,by Hilda Neihardt, University of Nebraska Press, 2006.ISBN 0-8032-8376-8
- Black Elk’s Religion: The Sun Dance and Lakota Catholicism, by Clyde Holler, Syracuse University Press; 1995
- Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism, by Damian Costello
- Black Elk Reader, edited by Clyde Holler, Syracuse University Press; 2000
RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Bobby Bridger on the Lasting Impact of Native American Cultureby Thorne Dreyer / The Rag Blog. The multi-talented Bobby Bridger — singer/songwriter, playwright and actor, sculptor and art educator, author and historian — was our guest on Rag Radio. We discussed Bridger’s latest book – Where the Tall Grass Grows: Becoming Indigenous and the Mythological Legacy of the American West – and specifically the lasting impact of Native American culture on American society. The post includes an embedded player for listening to the podcast.
Among the most interesting figures I’ve written about is Bobby Bridger, a singer, songwriter, actor, author, and historian. His career arc has taken him from the heart of the NashvilleandLos Angelesmusic scenes to a singular path as an epic balladeer of the American West. He’s perhaps best known today for his incisive writing about aspects of the American West that he’s become expert in. His books include A Ballad of the West, Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: Inventing the Wild West, Bridger, and his latest, Where the Tall Grass Grows, Becoming Indigenous and theMythological Legacy of the American West.
You’ll find other, more extensive stories I’ve written about Bobby and his fascinating life and career journey on this blog.
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