Ghost-dances

North American - 19th C. Ritual dances of the Piute. Wodziwob claimed to have had a vision in which the ancestors of the tribe would one day return by train, the white people would be killed and the red man would seize their wealth. He had been taught the dances necessary to bring about this event and taught them to the Piutes. Twenty years later, another prophet, Wovoka, revived the tradition which had been corrupted by the Sioux who believed that the dances could make them bullet-proof and would cause the death of the hated whites. Also called Ghost-dances.

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