The Ghost Dance Religion and Wounded Knee - Book

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Immediately following the massacre of Wounded Knee (December 29, 1890), the well-known anthropologist James Mooney, under the auspices of the Bureau of American Ethnology and the Smithsonian, investigated the incident. His interest was primarily in the Indian background to the uprising. Admitting that the Indians had been generally over powered by the Whites, what led the Indians to think they stood a chance against White arms? His answer was astonishing: the Ghost Dance Religion.

His work has always been considered one of the great classics of American anthropology, a book that not only offers an account of a very interesting cultural phenomenon, but also throws light on many events in Indian-White relations that are otherwise dark. Its data has never been superseded and the book remains a work of primary importance in Native American studies.


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James Mooney
Publication Details:
Dover Publications; Native American edition (November 10, 2011)
Book Details:
Paperback, 576 pages