While Viggo Mortensen's images are the dominant focus of the book, he has included some very important texts as support reading. There is the first-hand account of the discovery of the bodies at Wounded Knee Creek; an account of the work of James Mooney, who worked for the Smithsonian Institute during the period of the Ghost Dance, written by Mike Davis; an extract from the work of James Mooney about his travels among the people during this time; and an article written by Clement "Sonny" Richards, a contemporary Lakota medicine man.
Don’t be looking for any words of good cheer, because you won't find it. They serve to drive home the horror of the events that took place during those times, as well to place the Ghost Dance within its context.
Someone once wrote that the truth shall set you free, but I offer this codicil... if you are willing and strong enough to face up to the truth. Miyelo is the truth of the history of North America; may you have the courage to observe it and absorb it.
Miyelo is currently available through Perceval Press in both hard cover and soft cover editions.