God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America


God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America

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.


Details God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America

Title God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America
AuthorLouis S. Warren
Release Date4th Apr 2017
PublisherBasic Books
ISBN0465015026
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
Pages496 pages
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