The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890

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The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890

Rani-Henrik Andersson

462 pages
5 photographs, 7 illustrations, 1 table, 5 appendixes

Paperback

July 2013

978-0-8032-4591-4

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Hardcover

November 2008

978-0-8032-1073-8

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November 2008

978-0-8032-2042-3

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About the Book

A broad range of perspectives from Natives and non-Natives makes this book the most complete account and analysis yet of the Lakota Ghost Dance. 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 the 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 examines hitherto untranslated Lakota accounts. 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 connections between them.

Author Bio

Rani-Henrik Andersson is an Academy of Finland Fellow at the University of Helsinki.

Praise

"Well written and researched, this is a landmark book on the Lakota ghost dance and Wounded Knee."—M. J. Van de Logt, CHOICE

"Finnish scholar Rani-Henrik Andersson has written what should be the first stop for those approaching the Ghost Dance and the Wounded Knee tragedy for the first time and a must-read addition to the literature for those familiar, or who think they are familiar, with them."—Todd M. Kerstetter, Nebraska History

"The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890 is highly recommended for all those wishing to learn more about this exceedingly important chapter in Native American–white relations."—Harvey Markowitz, Journal of American History

"[The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890] demonstrates how understanding a particular tribe's culture is fundamental in comprehending and writing its history."—David Christensen, Studies in American Indian Literatures

"This work is impressive in its detail and consistent in its manner of presentation. . . . I am certain The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890 will become a primary reference text on the subject, accessible to scholars and popular readers alike."—Lee Irwin, Great Plains Quarterly

"[The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890] is the most comprehensive study of the Ghost Dance to date and it offers an intriguing new look at the events that developed at the Lakota agencies in 1890 and the ensuing tragedy at Wounded Knee. Scholars and the public will find much of interest in Andersson's lively book."—Mark R. Ellis, New Mexico Historical Review

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Wanági Wachípi ki
2. The Indian Agents and the Lakota Ghost Dance
3. “To Protect and Suppress Trouble”: The Army Responds
4. Missionary Views on the Lakota Ghost Dance
5. “In an Atmosphere Pregnant with Mysteries”: Press Coverage of the Ghost Dance
6. The U.S. Congress and the Ghost Dance
Conclusion: Toward “a Great Story” of the Lakota Ghost Dance
Appendix 1. A Chronology of Events During the Lakota Ghost Dance Period
Appendix 2. Phonetic Key to the Lakota Language
Appendix 3. The Messiah Letters
Appendix 4. Kicking Bear's Speech, October 9, 1890
Appendix 5. Short Bull's Speech, October 31, 1890
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Awards

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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