Viggo Mortensen

Miyelo is comprised of a series of large-scale, panoramic photographs of a Lakota Ghost Dance, taken from a single roll of film in March of 2003. The images record a re-creation of the dance that was originally performed by members of Chief Big Foot's band on December 29, 1890 near Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. The intent was to capture the event as a delirious remembrance, an ephemeral dream. Accompanying these and other related images is extensive literary and historical documentation of the period during which the Ghost Dance originated, leading up to and beyond the tragic massacre at Wounded Knee. With selected first-hand accounts of the event, as well as modern-day commentary and a comprehensive bibliography, Miyelo gives the reader an overview that otherwise might only be gained from examining a myriad of sources. Texts by Mike Davis, James Mooney, and Sonny Richards.

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by Viggo Mortensen

Hardcover Edition, ISBN 0-9721436-7-X, 10.5 x 17 inches, linen, 64 pages.

Softcover Edition, ISBN 0-9747078-4-8, 7.5 x 12.25 inches, 66 pages.

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Weight 22 oz
Dimensions 12 × 7.5 × .3 in

Hardcover, Softcover