Neihardt, John

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Neihardt, John Gender: M
John Gneisenau Neihardt
born on 8 January 1881 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Sharpsburg, Illinois, 39n37, 89w21
Timezone LMT m89w21 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 18°53' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 07°41 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 21°13'


American author of poetry and prose, an amateur historian and ethnographer, and a philosopher of the Great Plains. Born at the end of the American settlement of the Plains, he became interested in the experiences of those who had been a part of the European-American migration, as well as American Indians whom they had displaced.

Neihardt wrote to preserve and express elements of the pioneer past in books that range across a broad variety of genres, from travelogues to epic poetry. In 1921 the Nebraska Legislature elected Neihardt as the state's poet laureate, a title he held for fifty-two years until his death.

His most well-known work is Black Elk Speaks (1932), an extended narration of the visions of the Lakota medicine man Black Elk. It was translated into German as Ich Rufe mein Volk (I Call My People) (1953). In the United States, the book was reprinted in 1961, at the beginning of an increase in interest in Native American culture. Its continuing popularity has supported four other editions. In 2008 it was published as a premier edition with annotations.

He died on November 24, 1973 in Columbia, Missouri.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Sorrat: A History of the Neihardt Psychokinesis Experiments, 1961-1981" by John Thomas Richards (Scarecrow, 1982), p. 1: "John Gneisenau Neihardt was born on January 8, 1881, in a two-room farmhouse near Sharpsburg, Illinois ... Neihardt was born at dusk. Twilight, the time of transition, always held a special fascination for him; he thought of himself as a representative of a cultural period's 'sunset,' the last years of the westward expansion."

Scholfield suggests a speculative time of 5pm for "dusk."


  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Ethnologist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Other Writers (Travel)