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Surviving Wounded Knee: The Lakotas and the Politics of Memory

David W. Grua

Abstract

After the Wounded Knee Massacre, the US Seventh Cavalry quickly counted dozens of slain Lakota warriors and left the bodies on the ground. Snow soon engulfed the silent landscape, precluding burial before the New Year. Although the cavalry’s official reports only counted male Lakota casualties, civilians who visited Wounded Knee in the wake of the snowstorm described a horrific scene of men, women, and children shot down as they fled. When an internment team arrived, they were accompanied by photographers who captured images of the killing field and the corpses filling the mass grave. Visually ... More

Keywords: Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, memory, US Seventh Cavalry, Lakota, Indian Wars, Ghost Dance religion, takini

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190249038
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190249038.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. Grua, author
Historian/Curator, LDS Church History Museum