Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Apache/Cheyenne Ghost Dance

These are actual photos from the great 4 day, Ghost Dance in 1889


A late-nineteenth-century American Indian spiritual movement, the ghost dance began in Nevada in 1889 when a Paiute named Wovoka (also known as Jack Wilson) prophesied the extinction of white people and the return of the old-time life and superiority of the Indians. Faithful dancing, clean living, peaceful adjustments with the whites, hard work, and following God's chosen leaders would hasten the resurrection of dead relatives and the restoration of days of Indian prosperity.

The ghost dance spread to the Great Plains in 1889 as a four-day round dance. Leaders waved eagle-wing fans before the faces of the dancers, inducing trances. In trance, the dancer would be transported to the afterworld where departed relatives were seen living the old, happy life of the prereservation era, when bison abounded.
The first Oklahoma Territory ghost dance was held at Watonga in April 1890. Because the ghost dance emphasized traditional ways, many earlier dances were revived at that time. In September 1890 some three thousand Indians, virtually all of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, Wichita, Caddo, and Apache tribes, gathered on the South Canadian River and danced every night for two weeks.

I found out about the Ghost Dance from Genesis P-Orridge over lunch the other day. she then show me the
Psychic Tv new box set called "THEMES"
4 disk box set, with a picture of a ghost dance on the cover
Brilliant as always Gen. 

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