The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890 by Rani-Henrik AnderssonThe Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890 by Rani-Henrik Andersson

The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890

byRani-Henrik Andersson

Paperback | July 1, 2013

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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.

Rani-Henrik Andersson is an Academy of Finland Fellow at the University of Helsinki.
Title:The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890Format:PaperbackDimensions:462 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:July 1, 2013Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803245912

ISBN - 13:9780803245914

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
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

Editorial Reviews

"[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
- Mark R. Ellis - New Mexico Historical Review