The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890

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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. 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 ...
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Overview

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. 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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Editorial Reviews

New Mexico Historical Review - Mark R. Ellis

"[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
Nebraska History

"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

— Todd M. Kerstetter

CHOICE

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

— M. J. Van de Logt

Journal of American 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

— Harvey Markowitz

Studies in American Indian Literatures

"[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

— David Christensen

Great Plains Quarterly

"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

— Lee Irwin

New Mexico Historical Review

"[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

True West - Linda Wommack

"For the first time, historical perspective from Lakota accounts, both written and oral, have been given their rightful place, along with accounts from various Indian agents and the U.S. Army. . . . This book is the most well-rounded account of the subject to date."—Linda Wommack, True West
CHOICE - M. J. Van de Logt

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

"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
Journal of American History - Harvey Markowitz

"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
Studies in American Indian Literatures - David Christensen

"[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
Great Plains Quarterly - Lee Irwin

"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
True West

"For the first time, historical perspective from Lakota accounts, both written and oral, have been given their rightful place, along with accounts from various Indian agents and the U.S. Army. . . . This book is the most well-rounded account of the subject to date."—Linda Wommack, True West

— Linda Wommack

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803245914
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Rani-Henrik Andersson is an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1 Wanagvi Wachipi ki 31

2 The Indian Agents and the Lakota Ghost Dance 100

3 "To Protect and Suppress Trouble": The Army Responds 128

4 Missionary Views on the Lakota Ghost Dance 162

5 "In an Atmosphere Pregnant with Mysteries": Press Coverage of the Ghost Dance 192

6 The U.S. Congress and the Ghost Dance 251

Conclusion: Toward "a Great Story" of the Lakota Ghost Dance 271

App. 1 A Chronology of Events During the Lakota Ghost Dance Period 301

App. 2 Phonetic Key to the Lakota Language 305

App. 3 The Messiah Letters 306

App. 4 Kicking Bear's Speech, October 9, 1890 309

App. 5 Short Bull's Speech, October 31, 1890 312

Notes 315

Bibliography 405

Index 423

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