God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America, by Louis S. Warren.
The definitive account of the Ghost Dance religion, which led to the infamous massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890
Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History
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. In God's Red Son, historian Louis Warren 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.
This book is an enlightening scholarly study of American Indian history... An astute new appraisal of the Ghost Dance religion... This is an eye-opening work of American history." - Kirkus Review.
"In God's Red Son, Louis Warren offers an original, compellingly written and clear-eyed chronicle of native cultural transformation and ordeal." - Wall Street Journal.