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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

n
(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

ghost′ dance`


n.
(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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In the swamps and deserts and waste places, from Florida to Alaska, the small groups of Indians that survived were dancing ghost dances and waiting the coming of a Messiah of their own.
He focuses on San and Euahlayi culture, to reveal the ecological aspects that impact the mythologies of foragers; Iroquois and Lakota culture, to understand Native American traditions and the religious movements of the Code of Handsome Lake and Ghost Dance; Jewish and Hindu culture, to explore religious traditions that are the basis of the majority of world's worshipers; and Sicilian and Haitian culture, to consider the integration of mythic traditions on islands that are the center of key sea routes and turbulent histories.
It turned out that the jig called Old Spedlins Castle's Ghost Dance was written to commemorate the haunting spirit of his great-greatgrandfather James Porteous, also known as Dunty Porteous, who died in 1675.
In the midst of a fascinating reading of how Silko takes up the fiction of Henry James in Gardens in the Dunes, Lincoln Faller dismisses Silko's epistemological stance and the significance of the Ghost Dance for indigenous spiritual and political life.
She launched into Dancing Barefoot with its dedications to intoxicating love and then the Hopi tribe inspired Ghost Dance.
$26,400 Sioux Painted Ghost Dance Shirt collected at Pine Ridge.
Upon his return, he was swept up in the traditionalist Ghost Dance movement and shaken by the Massacre at Wounded Knee.
Laugh as Jackula makes his pet ghost dance. Gasp as Jackula balances five glasses of water on his face.
There is furthermore an interesting example from North American material, of the leader of the Ghost Dance, Wovoka, (5) who twenty years later became the leader of a different tribal group, which dramatizes the relationship between the "fullness of time" and the personality and message of the prophet.
Among the stories included in this book are: The Beaver and the Old Man, The Old Beggar, How the Rabbit Stole the Otter's Coat, Origin of the Pleiades and the Pine, What Became of the Rabbit, Origin of Light, The Spirit Land, The Fable of the Animals, The Theft of Fire, The Creation, The Empounded Water, The Deceived Blind Men, Manabozho's Wolf Brother, The Boy Who Became a God, Song of the Ghost Dance, A Raccoon Story, Iktomi, The Creation, Why the Possum's Tail is Bare, The Badger and the Bear, The White Faced Bear, The Elk Spirit of Lost Lake, The Raven Mocker, How the Kingfisher Got His Bill, and many, many more.
In 1889-90 Wovoka, the Paiute prophet, inspired a new ritual--the Ghost Dance. The peoples of the Plains believed that if they performed this circular dance in ceremonial garb, they could bring back the buffalo herds and cause the European colonists to disappear.
In Oklahoma, 3,000 Native Americans attend a Ghost Dance, performing the ritual each evening for two weeks, though spiritual leader Wovoka, champion of the religious movement/performance, had advised presenting it far less often.