A broad range of perspectives from Natives and non-Natives
makes this book the most complete account and analysis of the
Lakota ghost dance ever published. A revitalization movement that
swept across Native communities of the West in the late 1880s, the
ghost dance took firm hold among the Lakotas, perplexed and alarmed
government agents, sparked the intervention of the U.S. Army, and
culminated in the massacre of hundreds of Lakota men, women, and
children at Wounded Knee in December 1890. Although the Lakota
ghost dance has been the subject of much previous historical study,
the views of Lakota participants have not been fully explored, in
part because they have been available only in the Lakota language.
Moreover, emphasis has been placed on the event as a shared
historical incident rather than as a dynamic meeting ground of
multiple groups with differing perspectives. In The Lakota Ghost
Dance of 1890, Rani-Henrik Andersson uses for the first time some
accounts translated from Lakota. This book presents these Indian
accounts together with the views and observations of Indian agents,
the U.S. Army, missionaries, the mainstream press, and Congress.
This comprehensive, complex, and compelling study not only collects
these diverse viewpoints but also explores and analyzes the
political, cultural, and economic linkages among them.
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