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Ghost Dance (Native American)
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The Ghost Dance (1889–1890) was the second and larger so-called intertribal prophetic religious movement that swept members of different Native American peoples in the western United States. The movement centred around a shared ritual complex of song, dance, and vision, believed power-ful enough to reunite adherents with the souls of their dead relatives and to rejuvenate the land, especially the then decimated buffalo, and to restore the balance of lifeways based on that land. The movement originated in a series of vis…

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McNally, Michael, “Ghost Dance (Native American)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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