Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ghost Dance

PAIUTE:  Ghost Dance Song

The whirlwind!  The whirlwind!

   The new earth comes into being
                      swiftly as snow.

   The new earth comes into being
                      quietly as snow.

Adapted from James Mooney, "The Ghost Dance Religion..." in
Fourteenth Annual BAE Report, Washington D.C., 1896.
The Magic World, ed. William Brandon 1971.

The Ghost Dance, (also called the Ghost Dance of 1890) was a religious movement which was incorporated into numerous Native American belief systems.  The traditional ritual used in the Ghost Dance, the Circle Dance, has been used by many Native Americans since prehistoric times.

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