Native American holy man honored with hike in South Dakota

Amy Kucera, executive director of John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, stands at top of Black Elk Peak in South Dakota on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Members of the Neihardt organized a commemorative hike to the to of the peak to mark the anniversary of when John Neihardt and Nicholas Black Elk visited 68 years ago for the book "Black Elk Speaks." (Chris Huber/Rapid City Journal via AP)

BLACK ELK PEAK, S.D. (AP) — The bond between a famous writer and a Native American holy man has been celebrated with a commemorative hike.

A group of people with the John G. Neihardt State Historic Society in Bancroft, Nebraska, hiked Tuesday on Black Elk Peak with Myron Pourier, a descendant of holy man Black Elk.

Neihardt’s book “Black Elk Speaks” recounts Black Elk’s childhood story in which he had a vision of being transported to the top of the mountain. The book has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and serves as a window into Lakota Sioux history and spirituality.

Pourier says he hopes to raise money and get approval to place a statue of Black Elk at the beginning of the most popular trail to the peak.