Baker & Taylor Lakota, military, and civilizan sources traces the events leading up to the 1890 massacre of Ghost dancers at Wounded Knee Creek, and explain how the massacre stemmed from broken treaties, cultural misunderstandings, and power struggles.
Univ of Nebraska
In Voices of Wounded Knee, William S. E. Coleman brings together for the first time all the available sources-Lakota, military, and civilian-on the massacre of 29 December 1890. He recreates the Ghost Dance in detail and shows how it related to the events leading up to the massacre. Using accounts of participants and observers, Coleman reconstructs the massacre moment by moment. He places contradictory accounts in direct juxtaposition, allowing the reader to decide who was telling the truth.
Book News Two weeks after the killing of Sitting Bull, December 29,1880, the US 7th cavalry, opened fire on Miniconjou Ghost dancers near Wounded Knee Creek. While some army officials claimed the dancers were armed and that the Ghost Dance was a call for the extermination of whites, many Lakotas thought the massacre stemmed from the cavalry's bitterness over Custer's loss at the Little Big Horn 14 years earler. Coleman (theater, Drake University) spent 30 years gathering documents from Lakota, military, and civilian sources and uses them to recreate the Ghost Dance and the massacre, juxtaposing contradictory accounts so as to give balanced treatment. Coleman believes that after all the evidence is in, the massacre resulted from decades of broken treaties, cultural misunderstanding, power struggles between the army and the Department of the Interior, and erroneous and inflammatory reports by irresponsible members of the press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)