Ghost Dance

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Ghost Dance

Ghost Dance

Ghost Dances spread to the West and South. Purpose of ghost dancing varied with each tribe.

Began with Wovoka. Paiute holyman who preached nonviolence.

December 29th, 1890, the Army ordered the surrender of all Sioux weapons. Sudden shot of a weapon began a massacre.

Used to get in contact with the deceased in the "ghost world."

Whites feared the ghost dances and believed it was a part of a violent rebellion.

The Army believed the Native Americans were hostile and preparing for an attack.

Whites in Lakota, Sioux, South Dakota, demanded ghost dancing to cease. Native Americans ignored demand.

Whites involved the Army. Sioux relocate to Wounded Knee Creek on Pine Ridge Reservation.

1890 United States Census declared frontier officially closed.


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