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Title:   " All Is But a Beginning--Parts 1 and 2 "

The Divine Enchantment, was completed at that age and published three years later. About that time, he began teaching at a small country school near the Omaha and Winnebago tribe reservations. That would provide an introduction to Native American culture and philosophy, a subject with which he found great empathy and which would fascinate him for the rest of his life. He speaks of how he learned from an old Indian man the hope that keeps us going: "Looking up, he saw an eagle soaring yonder on a spread of mighty wings and it was the eagle's voice he heard. 'As I listened,' the old man said, 'a power ran through me that never left me, old as I am. Often when it seemed the end had come, I have heard the eagle's cry: 'Hold fast, hold fast; there is more...' "">When he was just turning 12, John Neihardt, poet laureate of the State of Nebraska, fell ill and had a recurring dream that was to change his life. "There I was, flying face downward, with arms and hands thrust forward like a diver's. There was vastness terribly empty, save for a few lost stars, too dim and wearily remote to ever be reached. And there was dreadful speed, a speed so great that whatever lay beneath me whether air or ether turned hard and slick as glass...There was something dear to leave behind, something yonder to be overtaken. Faster! Faster! Faster!" Gradually after that, the boy who had wanted to invent a better steam engine became a writer. Neihardt talks about the spirit of that dream, "the urgent obligation to give oneself away, to be lost in something impersonal and bigger than oneself" and how he found that spirit expressed again in the words of the legendary Native American, Chief Black Elk. From birth in 1881 in Illinois and a youth spent in Kansas, Neihardt moved to Wayne, Nebraska, and received a degree from Nebraska Normal College in science in 1897 at the age of 16. He had been writing diligently and his first printed book, The Divine Enchantment, was completed at that age and published three years later. About that time, he began teaching at a small country school near the Omaha and Winnebago tribe reservations. That would provide an introduction to Native American culture and philosophy, a subject with which he found great empathy and which would fascinate him for the rest of his life. He speaks of how he learned from an old Indian man the hope that keeps us going: "Looking up, he saw an eagle soaring yonder on a spread of mighty wings and it was the eagle's voice he heard. 'As I listened,' the old man said, 'a power ran through me that never left me, old as I am. Often when it seemed the end had come, I have heard the eagle's cry: 'Hold fast, hold fast; there is more...' "

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Production Date:  1972
Length:  Two 30-minute programs
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Subject:  Biography Literature
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Series Title:  ALL IS BUT A BEGINNING

 

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