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John G. Neihardt
State Historic Site

Neihardt's Life and Legacy

Author of Black Elk Speaks and numerous other works of prose and poetry, John G. Neihardt is the Poet Laureate in Perpetuity of Nebraska. To commemorate his life and work, the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site was established on the site of his former home in Bancroft, Nebraska.
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Poetry is indeed the supreme form of human expression.
―John G. Neihardt
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John G. Neihardt

The Man

Explore his work, his honors, and photos. Hear him recite Black Elk's Prayer.


The Center

The Sacred Hoop Garden, Neihardt's Study, and more.

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The Foundation

Current projects, Membership, and the Newsletter.



36th ANNUAL NEIHARDT SPRING CONFERENCE- Lakota Lives: Discovery Through Biography
Apr 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The 36th annual Neihardt Spring Conference, “Lakota Lives: Discovery Through Biography” will be held Saturday, April 29th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site in Bancroft. The event will explore the lives and legacy of notable Lakota people, especially as preserved through biography, with featured presentations by:

DEPHINE RED SHIRT: Educator and author of George Sword’s Warrior Narratives: Compositional Processes in Lakota Oral Tradition, Bead on an Anthill and Turtle Lung Woman’s Granddaughter

TIM ANDERSON: Neihardt Foundation board member, educator, journalist and author of Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt

JEROME KILLS SMALL: Educator, Traditional Singer and Humanities Nebraska presenter of Ohiyesa – Dr. Charles A. Eastman.

CHUCK TRIMBLE: Educator, journalist and author of Iyeska

The event will include lunch (optional) and the presentation of the Neihardt Foundation “Hall of Fame” award to Jon Bailey.

SAVE THE DATE! Event registration will be posted soon. For more information, contact: neihardt@gpcom.net or toll-free: (888) 777 – HOOP.

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