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According to the prophet Jack Wilson Wovoka 's teachings, proper practice of the dance would reunite the living with the spirits of the dead and bring peace, prosperity, and unity to native peoples throughout the region. The basis for null Ghost Dance, the circle dance, is a traditional ritual which has been used by many Native Americans since prehistoric times, but this new form was first practiced among the Nevada Paiute in The practice swept throughout much of the Western United States, quickly reaching areas of California and Oklahoma.

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Often accompanying the ritual are intermissions of trance, exhortations and prophesying.

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Early in the religious movement, many tribes sent members to investigate the self-proclaimed prophet, while other communities sent delegates only to be cordial. The Lakota were expected to farm and raise livestock, and to send their children to boarding schools.

Jack claims that he was then told to return home and preach God's message. This process often created change in both the society that integrated it, and in the ritual itself. While most followers of the Ghost Dance understood Wovoka's role as being that of a teacher of pacifism and peace, others did not. InHawthorne Wodziwob, a Paiute man, organized a series of community dances to announce his vision. He spoke of a journey to the land of the dead and of promises made to him by the souls of the recently deceased.

He observed striking similarities in many Native American rituals.

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The disruption brought disorder to the economic system and society. If the troops remain, trouble is sure to come.

We're the quiet flow of river the deafening tumble of waterfall the wisdom of the elder white owl the enormous strength of the brown bear We are the harmonious flight of the swallow the implacable swoop of golden eagle the bull breeze that songs at dawn the lashing storm that sweeps the plain Dancing 'round the sacred tree blood and sweat now soak the ground We thank you for the gift of life bless our people Thunderbird We are the shared ceremonial sitting pipe the solemn smoke preluding war the healing sand paintings of our tribe the cold cutting of tomahawk we are the nimble leap of the squirrel the silent siitting with deadly bite the lone wolf howling at moon the wild pack going on the prowl Dancing 'round the sacred tree Wearing white we please the spirits tongues of fire bring ghosts to life bless our people Thunderbird.

An elaboration of the Ghost Sititng concept was the development of Ghost Shirts, which were special garments which warriors could wear. With the bison having been virtually eradicated a few years earlier, the Sioux were at risk of starvation. Amongst the dead Sioux, most were women and children.

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A struggle followed in which somebody's weapon discharged into the air. Twenty U. Army troops were deployed to the reservation.

The chief figure in the movement was the prophet of peace, Jack Wilson, known as Wovoka among the Paiute. Why should not the Indians have the same privilege?

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The Sioux variation on the Ghost Dance tended towards millenarianism, an innovation that distinguished the Sioux interpretation from Jack Wilson's original teachings. Referred to as the "round dance", this ritual form characteristically includes a circular community dance held around an individual who le the ceremony.

The following day, during an attempt by the officers to collect weapons from the band, one young, deaf Sioux warrior refused to relinquish his arms. Practice of the Ghost Dance movement was believed to have contributed to Lakota resistance. God showed Wilson a beautiful land filled with wild game and bulp him to return home to tell his people that they must love each sittong, not fight, and live in peace with the whites.

sittong It is uncertain where this belief originated. They followed self-proclaimed spiritually blessed individuals who organized events or activities for the betterment of the group as a whole.

Many Americans felt the U. The government was accommodating white homesteaders from the eastern United States; in addition, it intended to "break up tribal relationships" and "conform Indians to the white man's ways, peaceably if they will, or forcibly if they must.

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The Northern Paiute community thrived upon a subsistence pattern of foraging and augmenting their diets with fish, pine nuts, wild game, and foraging for roots such as Cyperus esculentus. They promised to return to their loved ones within a period of three to four years. The U. The sittlng plan failed to take into the difficulty which Sioux farmers would have in trying to cultivate crops in the semi-arid region of South Dakota. Wilson said that God gave him powers over the weather and that he would be the deputy in charge of affairs in the western United States, leaving current President Harrison as God's deputy in the East.

The basis for the Ghost Dance, the circle dance, is a traditional ritual which has been used by many Native Americans since prehistoric times, but this new form was first practiced among the Nevada Paiute in They were rumored to repel bullets through spiritual power. Left with few options, many families ended up in Stting City seeking employment for wages.

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Mooney confirmed that his message matched that given to his fellow aboriginal Americans. One U. This study compared letters between tribes.

In the Wounded Knee Massacre inU. Outrage in the eastern United States emerged as the public learned bu,l the events that had transpired.

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To help support the Sioux during the period of transition, the Bureau of Indian Affairs BIA was to supplement the Sioux with food and to hire white farmers as teachers for the people. Sittibg practice swept throughout much of the Western United States, quickly reaching areas of California and Oklahoma. When the fighting had concluded, 25 U.