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Paiute Native American Shaman Wovoka, the Ghost Dance

The Ghost Dance appeared during a time of desperation for the Native American Indian peoples. The Ghost Dance started when Paiute shaman Jack Wilson, or Wovoka, had a vision that if our people would dance and sing Indians would live again. The Ghost Dance spread throughout the land. In Dec. 1890 the military panicked and massacred innocent Lakota Indian people at Wounded Knee whilst they were dancing. It is one of the worst (and most cowardly, inhumane) incidents in United States history. Judy Trejo – Summit Lake (Tommo Agi) and Walker River (Agi) Paiute and Anita Collins – Shoshone and Walker River Paiute speak about Wovoka. The Round Dance was a traditional Great Basin dance that spread across the land in the form of the Ghost Dance, and is now part of many celebrations. Robbie Robertson sings “Ghost Dance”.