(Hadley, MA): American Indian Mystery Press, 1997. Folio. (64)ff. One of 60 copies, signed by the author, Russell Means, and the artist, Peter Bogardus. Illustrated with twenty-three etchings in black, white, and shades of red, inspired by the iconography of the Plains peoples, specifically the Oglala Lakota. While the etchings give credence to the history of the Lakota, Means’s text, rendered in his own handwriting, connects the past to the present, thwarting the temptation to romanticize the past.
Means was himself an Oglala Lakota and one of the founders of the American Indian Movement, which continues to strive to instill pride among his people and bring awareness of their presence and their persistent struggle for representation and recognition in a land forcibly taken from them. His captions for Bogardus’s etchings are contemporary responses to that history of his peoples’ contact with those who came from Europe. Bound in full Japanese linen cloth with a black Niger goatskin label stamped in gold and scarlet on the spine. Housed in a matching box. Very fine. Item #28895