Ghost Dances

Ghost Dances Proving Up on the Great Plains

Hardback (06 Sep 2012)

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Publisher's Synopsis

Growing up in South Dakota, Josh Garrett-Davis always knew he would leave. But as a young adult, he kept going back-in dreams and reality and by way of books. With this beautifully written narrative about a seemingly empty but actually rich and complex place, he has reclaimed his childhood, his unusual family-and the Great Plains.

Among the subjects and people who bring his Plains to life are the destruction and resurgence of the American bison; his great-great-grandparents' twenty-year sojourn in Nebraska as homesteaders; Native American "Ghost Dancers," who attempted to ward off destruction by supernatural means before the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee; the political allegory to be found in The Wizard of Oz; and current attempts by ecologists to "rewild" the Plains. GHOST DANCES is a fluid combination of memoir and history and reportage that reminds us that our roots matter-and might even be inspiring and fascinating.

Book information

ISBN: 9780316199841
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Little, Brown and Company
Pub date:
DEWEY: 978.3092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 327
Weight: 458g
Height: 211mm
Width: 147mm
Spine width: 28mm