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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 71. What is the Ghost Dance?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43186


This overview provides a description of the circumstances that produced and ascribed meaning to religious movements known as Ghost Dances among Native American communities. Rather than think of the Ghost Dance as possessing a single doctrine, I show how the term reflects a range of strategies indigenous groups employ in asserting selfhood.

Chapter Contributors

  • Tiffany Hale ( - tifhale) 'Barnard College, Columbia University'