God's Red Son

The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America

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Louis S. Warren
  • New York, NY: 
    Basic Books
    , April
     2017.
     476 pages.
     $35.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780465015023.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Lisa Poirier forthcoming.

Description

This book is also being reviewed in JAAR by Dennis Kelley.

A leading historian of the American West writes the definitive account of the iconic Ghost Dance religion, which led to the infamous massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890

In 1890, on Indian reservations across the West, followers of a new religion danced in circles until they collapsed into trances. In an attempt to suppress this new faith, the US Army killed over two hundred Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee Creek. Louis Warren's God's Red Son offers a startling new view of the religion known as the Ghost Dance, from its origins in the visions of a Northern Paiute named Wovoka to the tragedy in South Dakota. To this day, the Ghost Dance remains widely mischaracterized as a primitive and failed effort by Indian militants to resist American conquest and return to traditional ways. In fact, followers of the Ghost Dance sought to thrive in modern America by working for wages, farming the land, and educating their children, tenets that helped the religion endure for decades after Wounded Knee. God's Red Son powerfully reveals how Ghost Dance teachings helped Indians retain their identity and reshape the modern world.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Louis S. Warren is the W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western US History at the University of California, Davis. The award-winning author of several books, Warren lives in Davis, California.

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