ghost dance

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ghost dance

n.
Any of several group dances associated with two messianic religious movements among Native American peoples of the Southwest and Great Plains in the late 1800s. Ghost dance prophets foretold the imminent disappearance of whites, the restoration of traditional lands and ways of life, and the resurrection of dead ancestors.

ghost dance

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(Anthropology & Ethnology) a religious dance of certain North American Indians, connected with a political movement (from about 1888) that looked to reunion with the dead and a return to an idealized state of affairs before Europeans came

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(often caps.) a ritual dance to call forth a vision of the afterlife: a central feature of a religious movement among American Indians in the late 19th century.
[1885–90, Amer.]

ghost dance

A Native American ceremonial group dance carried out as part of the observation of a religion that foretold the resurrection of ancestors and the disappearance of the white people.
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Noun1.ghost dance - a religious dance of Native Americans looking for communication with the deadghost dance - a religious dance of Native Americans looking for communication with the dead
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing - a dance that is part of a religious ritual
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