Wounded Knee and the Prospect of Pluralism

Pratt, Scott L.
May 2005
Journal of Speculative Philosophy;2005, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p150
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the understanding of a new religion called the Ghost Dance by non Native Americans. In retrospect, the Ghost Dance and the action at Wounded Knee, South Dakota can be seen not only as a historical event, but also as a signal moment in the development of a set of philosophical commitments that gave meaning and direction to those who took up arms against the Lakota. Such commitments arguably still active in American society can here be considered in their outcome and in contrast to alternative philosophical commitments that emerged in the years following Wounded Knee. The philosophical framework that dominated the interpretation of the Ghost Dance for European-descended Americans provided few alternatives other than the destruction of Native people.


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