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Black Elk Neihardt Park

Vision Statement by Black Elk-Neihardt Park Board
Black Elk-Neihardt Park is a place where Black Elk Speaks is realized in time and space, a place to contemplate the mystery of existence.

 

Black Elk-Neihardt Park in Blair, Nebraska, is a city park named for Black Elk, an Oglala Lakota, and John G. Neihardt, Nebraska's Poet Laureate. Neihardt is the author of Black Elk Speaks, which he wrote after a series of interviews with Black Elk in 1931 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where Black Elk lived.

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Black Elk
Black Elk

John G. Neihardt
John G. Neihardt

 
 

Professor Bill Thomsen
The park features mosaics illustrating the visions of Black Elk as interpreted by the late F. W. “Bill” Thomsen, professor emeritus of art at Dana College. Prof. Thomsen became acquainted with Dr. Neihardt in the 1970s, and it was Neihardt who suggested that Thomsen illustrate scenes from Black Elk Speaks. The pastels that Thomsen created were subsequently translated into the mosaics in this park.

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Bill Thomsen
Bill Thomsen
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The Black Elk-Neihardt Park Corporation, a 501(c)3 organization, and the Blair Parks Department work together in planning, funding and implementing this park..
 
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