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Dealing with a Changing World Sun Dance, Ghost Dance, Peyote Religion 1
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Resistance Vs Assimilation Strategies The Sun Dance, Ghost Dance, and Peyote Religion ( The Native American Church ) all represent to some degree strategies of resistance and assimilation to the powers of non - Native, dominant society. Neither movement is entirely one or the other, they all have elements of both strategies, but we can say that the Ghost Dance was the most resistant until it was militarily suppressed, the Sun Dance has become resistant in a more political than religious way, and The Native American Church is somewhat resistant and somewhat assimilationist. Here resistance means to actively try to regain the power and control of native peoples over their own government and lives. By assimilation I mean to try to find a way to live together with dominant society while at the same time maintaining their own way of life and religion. 2
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The Spectrum would look like this, with none of the movements fully at one end or the other. 3
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But Also… I don’t want to oversell the resistance aspect of these religious movements too much. Although they all to some degree are resisting non - Native forces. They are also religiously and spiritually fulfilling movements in themselves. When a group of Lakota perform a Sun Dance, or when a Native American Church meeting is held in the desert, the participants are there for their own individual and communal fulfillment. To come together for the sake of healing, to pray, sometimes to gain power and insight. There are many reasons that have nothing to do with resistance. Although in a larger sense these are resistance movements, in an everyday sense meetings are simply for the people, the same as a Navajo Blessingway or going to Church would be. Now let’s look at each movement. 4
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The Ghost Dance An apocalyptic movement that tried through a ritual dance to bring about the end of the current world, where Euro - Americans dominate America, and bring back the previous world where Native Americans controlled their own a ff airs and didn’t have a colonial government looking over them.
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  • Fall '19
  • Native Americans in the United States, Lakota people, Wounded Knee Massacre, Ghost Dance, native american church

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