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(c. 1856/1863, Esmeralda County, NV – 1932, Esmeralda County, NV), a Paiute prophet and messiah (IV, 2.c) of the Ghost Dance of 1890. He was named Wovoka (“chopping instrument”) by his father who trained him in shamanistic practices (Shamanism). His father participated in the 1870 Ghost Dance led by Wodziwob, which was focused on the return of the ancestral dead who had died in 19th-century epidemics. Also known as Jack Wilson, Wovoka manifested Christian, Mormon, and Skokomish Sh…

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Grim, John A., “Wovoka”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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