Clements Center Lecture Series

God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Road Through Wounded Knee

Louis Warren
University of California-Davis

Thursday, April 23, 2015
5:30 pm reception followed by 6:00 lecture and book-signing
Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium 

Although this event is free and open to the public, seating is limited. 
Click here to register online or call 214-768-3684.


Ghost Dance at Pine Ridge

The Ghost Dance of 1890 promised Indian believers a new earth and the resurrection of the old ways, but was buried with the dead at the Wounded Knee Massacre - -or so the history books tell us.  But in fact, the Ghost Dance did not die.  It spread, adapted and survived, influencing religious practice among Indian peoples long into the twentieth century.  How did it survive?  What did it offer believers that helped them make their way in the modern world? And how have  so many historians, writers, and filmmakers been so wrong about this American religion? In this lively public lecture, Louis Warren answers these questions by re-examining the origins and meaning of the Ghost Dance and offers a bold reinterpretation of a pivotal moment in American history.

Louis Warren is the W. Turrentine Professor of History at the University of California-Davis, and a leading scholar on the American West.  He is the author of two previous books: The Hunter's Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (Yale, 1997), and Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show (Knopf, 2005), both of which won major professional awards.  He received a Guggenheim Fellowship to support  his work on "A Hole in the Dream."

This lecture is sponsored in part with SMU's Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute's Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series.