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

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God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America
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April 12, 2017 12:00 pm
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April 12, 2017 1:30 pm
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Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 4217 SSH

Louis Warren will give a talk on his new book, 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. But close re-examination of sources old and new reveals 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. Ghost Dance teachings helped Indians retain their identity and reshape the modern world.

This event is sponsored by Department of History

For more information please contact: Corrie Decker, crdecker@ucdavis.edu


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