What was the Ghost Dance? (Answer in a few words) if you don't know, guess!
The Ghost Dance was a religious movement started in the late 1800s by Native American tribes The dance was meant to bring peace, and unity, and reconnect Native Americans to their ancestors. The Ghost Dance started on a reservation in Nevada, the land of the Nothern Paiute people. During a solar eclipse their spiritual leader, or shaman, Wovoka had a vision.
The Ghost Dance
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Wovoka claimed that during this vision the Creator spoke to him, giving him a message for his people. The message was that they should love & care for one another and learn to live in peace with everyone. Wovoka claimed the Creator also showed him a dance, the Ghost Dance, meant to connect tribal members to their ancestors. Some Lakota leaders from South Dakota traveled to Nevada to meet with Wovoka & learn more about his vision.
The Ghost Dance
Do you think the Ghost Dance was a good way for Native Americans to express their feelings and beliefs?
- Yes, the Ghost Dance was a powerful way to express feelings and beliefs.
- No, the Ghost Dance was not a good way to express feelings and beliefs.
- I'm not sure what the Ghost Dance was, but it sounds interesting.
The US government did not want the Lakota to reconnect with their past. The US wanted the Lakota people to work as farmers & live according to US law. The government wanted to stop the Ghost Dance because they were worried that it meant the Lakota were planning a new war against the US. Many Lakota were afraid, especially those living on the Standing Rock reservation. Their chief, Spotted Elk, knew he could take his people to the reservation on Pine Ridge, home of Chief Red Cloud.
The US government & the Ghost Dance
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What was the purpose of the Ghost Dance?
December 29th, 1890 Until Dec 29th, 1890, Wounded Knee was only to those who lived in the Black Hills After Dec 19th, 1890, Wounded Knee creek is now remembered as the site of the Wounded Knee massacre Chief Spotted Elk decided that his people would rest at Wounded Knee while they were traveling to the reservation on Pine Ridge to escape the US Army. On the morning of December 29th, 1890, the US Army approached the Lakota camp and demanded that the Lakota surrender all their weapons.
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It was a small group of travelers, about 350, with only about 100 warriors. The US Army surrounded them with nearly 500 cavalrymen. Most Lakota realized they had no choice and handed over any weapons. A few Lakota refused. During the argument, someone fired a shot. To this day it is unknown which side fired that first shot. As soon as that first shot rang out, the US Army opened fire. The "conflict" was over in a few minutes. When the air cleared, at least 250 Lakota were unalived, including Chief Spotted Elk
The Wounded Knee Massacre is remembered as the final fight of the Sioux nation. However, history shows that Wounded Knee was a new beginning in some ways. As many years passed, Native Americans gradually reclaimed their heritage and status as America's First Nations.
How did the Ghost Dance give Native Americans hope?