The Redemption of Black Elk
An Ancient Path to Inner Strength
Following the Footprints of the Lakota Holy Man
by Linda L. Stampoulos
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About the Author
As a young child of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, Black Elk had been given a mighty vision which would lead
him on a personal journey that lasted his entire life. Although Black Elk’s vision was a prophetic message
telling the terrible future of his tribe, it also held positive aspects that must be reclaimed. It is
through this reclamation that the guiding beacons given to him reveal an ancient pathway woven into the
images of the West. By exploring Black Elk’s eyewitness account of the crucial events of that time, the
author discovered a series of metaphorical footprints that show us the way toward inner strength and a
balanced life…125 years later.
To help with an interpretation of Black Elk’s account, the author invoked the insight of Joseph Campbell,
one of the world’s foremost authorities on societal ideologies. Through his understanding of symbol and
metaphor Campbell was able to examine the metaphorical footprints and provide us with a twenty-first century
“spin” that a simple man generations before could only imagine.
This book offers a new look at Black Elk’s footprints and together with the insight of Joseph Campbell,
presents an inward path to the positive forces within each of us, waiting for discovery.
Linda L. Stampoulos lives in New Jersey, and often travels to the West to research material her books.
After completing her Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees at Montclair State University, she went on to
Columbia University, to earn her Doctorate in Education. She has taught at both the Undergraduate and
Graduate levels in the Schools of Health Foundations and Educational Foundations at Montclair State
University. A large portion of her curriculum included the works of Joseph Campbell. She is President of
Pompano Associates, Inc. a Women s Business Enterprise, certified by the State of New Jersey Department
of Commerce. They can be found at: www.Pompanobooks.com
Her last book, Images of America: Visiting the Grand Canyon, Views of Early Tourism was listed
among the Southwest Books of the Year, Best Reading 2004. In addition, she has previously worked with Arcadia
Publishing on several projects, including Fort Peck Indian Reservation; The Little Bighorn, Tiospaye;
and The Grand Canyon: Native People and Early Visitors. She is a consultant for Lenape tribal
members who are writing a new book exploring the history of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In addition, she has devoted over twenty-five years to work in the field of Substance Abuse Prevention and
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