The Ghost-Dance Religion and Wounded Knee (Native American) Native American Edition
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- Publisher : Dover Publications; Native American edition (November 10, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0486267598
- ISBN-13 : 978-0486267593
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the book to read. Mr Mooney was in Oklahoma doing ethnological work with the Oklahoma Cherokee when this story began to break, and he rushed to the scene to see for himself. As he said in the introduction, he had no idea this reportage would end up taking three years to prepare, but the time he spent makes it a very illuminating read.
He covers the whole topic of Indian Messiahs from the early times of the Delaware Prophet (1760's) through Tecumsehs brother the Shawnee Prophet through all the others till Wovoka. What emereges is a story of people only to well aware of the destructive powers of the White man's goods and mores on their Native culture.
He also examines other cultural excesses such as Baptist camp meetings, Joan of Ark, and numerous other examples of religious attempts to make a better world.
I highly recommend this book. It is hard to believe that it was written in the 1890's the author is so highly empathetic with the dancers, he seems almost totally free of ethnic prejudice.