Lakota America A new history of indigenous power

Pekka Hämäläinen, 1967-

Book - 2019

The first comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America's history. This first complete account of the Lakota Indians traces their rich and often surprising history from the early sixteenth to the early twenty-first century. Pekka Hamalainen explores the Lakotas' roots as marginal hunter-gatherers and reveals how they reinvented themselves twice: first as a river people who dominated the Missouri Valley, America's great commercial artery, an...d then--in what was America's first sweeping westward expansion--as a horse people who ruled supreme on the vast high plains. The Lakotas are imprinted in American historical memory. Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull are iconic figures in the American imagination, but in this groundbreaking book they emerge as something different: the architects of Lakota America, an expansive and enduring Indigenous regime that commanded human fates in the North American interior for generations. Hamalainen's deeply researched and engagingly written history places the Lakotas at the center of American history, and the results are revelatory.

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Lamar series in western history.
New Haven : Yale University Press [2019]
Physical Description
ix, 530 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contains bibliographical references (pages 399-505) and index.
Main Author
Pekka Hämäläinen, 1967- (author)
  • Introduction: Dark matter of history
  • A place in the world
  • Facing west
  • The imperial cauldron
  • The Lakota meridian
  • The call of the White Buffalo Calf Woman
  • Empires
  • War
  • Shapeshifters
  • Upside-down soldiers
  • Epilogue: The Lakota struggle for indigenous sovereignty