The 1870 Ghost Dance
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
Title Page, Copyright
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Introduction to the Nebraska Edition
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The reissuing of Cora Du Bois’s monograph “The 1870 Ghost Dance,” making it available to a broad audience for the first time, is occasion for celebration. For a variety of reasons, this work remains important despite the passage of nearly seven decades...
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This study deals with only one minor phase of a recurrent series of messianic or revivalistic movements which have arisen among the weaker peoples throughout the world as reactionary waves to the crushing impact of European culture. The subject under consideration...
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In order to clarify the mass of details that constitutes the body of this volume, this introduction has been written to serve as a summary guide to the major cults described. The material has been presented by tribes or areas in the body of the book...
Part One: Nevada and the Klamath Drainage
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The first part of this volume will discuss the genesis of the 1870 Ghost Dance among the Paviotso and its course along the Klamath drainage among tribes of southeastern Oregon and northernmost California. This region represents...
Part Two: Western Oregon
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In part 1 the bulk of the data dealt with the Ghost Dance proper. However, among the Shasta and Klamath reference was made to the Earth Lodge cult, which came from north-central California in 1872. The material from western Oregon deals primarily...
Part Three: North-Central California
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Parts 1 and 2 dealt with the introduction of the Ghost Dance and Earth Lodge cult into northernmost California and western Oregon. The diffusion along the Klamath drainage and including Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations formed...
Part Four: Big Head Cult
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In part 2, which dealt with the Oregon material, informants stated that Bogus Tom and particularly Frank had promised them that a Big Head dance would be brought to them. In part 3, the section on Round Valley Reservation contained...
Summary of Chronology
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Summary of Contents
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Part 1 of this volume described the origin of the Ghost Dance among the Paviotso and its diffusion in northernmost California along the Klamath drainage. The idea of the imminent return of the dead can be attributed to Wodziwob, a shaman...
Conclusions and Speculations
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In this section I have allowed myself a certain latitude in summarizing and speculating upon the various factors involved in the growth of modern cults in northern California and Oregon. First, a brief comment concerning terminology may be pertinent. It is...
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Approximately one hundred and forty informants were interviewed from the fall of 1932 through the summer of 1934. Only those quoted in the body of the text are listed here. Where interpreters were used, they are listed under the names...
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Page Count: 368
Illustrations: Illus., map
Publication Year: 2007