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The ghost-dance religion and Wounded Knee.

Author: James Mooney
Publisher: New York, Dover Publications [1973]
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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 overpowered by the Whites, what led the Indians to think they stood a chance against  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mooney, James, 1861-1921.
Ghost-dance religion and Wounded Knee.
New York, Dover Publications [1973]
(OCoLC)562739919
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Mooney
ISBN: 048620233X 9780486202334
OCLC Number: 762728
Notes: Reprint of the 1896 ed. published by the Govt. Print. Off., Washington, which was issued as pt. 2 of the fourteenth Annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution, 1892-93, under title: The ghost-dance religion and the Sioux outbreak of 1890.
Description: 645-1136 pages illustrations 24 cm
Contents: Paradise lost --
The Delaware prophet and Pontiac --
Tenskwatawa the Shawano prophet --
Tecumtha and Tippecanoe --
Kanakuk and minor prophets --
The Smohalla religion of the Columbia region --
Smohalla and his doctrine --
The Shakers of Puget Sound --
Wovoka the messiah --
The doctrine of the Ghost dance --
The Ghost dance west of the Rockies --
The Ghost dance east of the Rockies: among the Sioux --
The Sioux outbreak: Sitting Bull and Wounded Knee --
Close of the outbreak: the Ghost dance in the south --
The ceremony of the Ghost dance --
Parallels in other systems --
The songs. The Arapaho ; The Cheyenne ; The Comanche ; The Painte, Washo, and Pit River tribes ; The Sioux ; The Kiowa and Kiowa Apache ; The Caddo and associated tribes.
Other Titles: Ghost-dance religion and the Sioux outbreak of 1890

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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 overpowered by the Whites, what led the Indians to think they stood a chance against White arms? His answer was astonishing: the Ghost-Dance Religion. Investigating every Indian uprising from Pontiac to the 1980s, every Indian resistance to aggression, every incident of importance, Mooney discovered a cultural pattern: a messianic religion that permeated leaders and warriors from Tecumseh and his brother The Prophet on up to the Plains tribes that revived the Ghost-Dance in the 1880s and 90s. The message was: abandon the ways of the Whites; go back to Indian ways; an Indian messiah is coming; the Indian dead are to be resurrected — indeed, some have already returned; and the Whites are to be killed by the Spirits. Mooney made an exhaustive study of this cult, the rise of its latest version, diffusion to the Plains, and its relevance to the medicine man Sitting Bull and others. Citing many primary documents as well as anthropological data he gathered himself, Mooney gives an extremely detailed, thorough account of the cult; its songs and dances, ceremonies, and its social impact. This 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 have never been superseded and the book remains a work of primary importance in Native American studies."--Back cover.

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