Ghost Dance essay.rtf - "The Indians were to have no...

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"The Indians were to have no quarreling and live in peace with the whites; that they must work, and not lie or steal; that they must put away all the old practices that savored of war; that if faithfully obeyed his instructions they would be reunited with their friends in this other world were there would be no more death or sickness or old age." (Townsend pg360) The Sioux ghost dance spread like wild fire from tribe territory to tribe territory. Along with Wavoka's vision the ghost dance for the Native Americans was rain for the thristy soul of the Indian. Wavoka's vision from the Creator saw an apocalyptic ending destroying the reign of the white mans presence, and finally returning the Earth and all it's original glory back to the Native Americans. Though the fall of the white man was foreseen it was not to happen out of thin air, but that the white mans presence would only be extinguished by war. Native Americans across the country hearing and believing in Wavoka's apocalyptic vision were instructed to don their "ghost shirts"- A shirt worn by Native Americans with painted symbols of Wavoka's vision along with their personal spiritual values protecting them as warriors. Mass gathering of Indians began forming all donning their ghost shirts receiving protection as warriors. Thousands of Indians dancing and shouting with guns and "war-like" emblems painted across the fronts of their clothing sending chills up the white mans spines fearing

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