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Ghost Dances and Identity Prophetic Religion and American Indian Ethnogenesis in the Nineteenth Century

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ISBN-10: 0520256271

ISBN-13: 9780520256279

Edition: 2008

Authors: Gregory E. Smoak

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This innovative cultural history examines wide-ranging issues of religion, politics, and identity through an analysis of the American Indian Ghost Dance movement and its significance for two little-studied tribes: the Shoshones and Bannocks. The Ghost Dance has become a metaphor for the death of American Indian culture, but as Gregory Smoak argues, it was not the desperate fantasy of a dying people but a powerful expression of a racialized "Indianness." While the Ghost Dance did appeal to supernatural forces to restore power to native peoples, on another level it became a vehicle for the expression of meaningful social identities that crossed ethnic, tribal, and historical boundaries. Looking closely at the Ghost Dances of 1870 and 1890, Smoak constructs a far-reaching, new argument about the formation of ethnic and racial identity among American Indians. He examines the origins of Shoshone and Bannock ethnicity, follows these peoples through a period of declining autonomy vis-a-vis the United States government, and finally puts their experience and the Ghost Dances within the larger context of identity formation and emerging nationalism which marked United States history in the nineteenth century.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

Allison Varzally is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton.Tyler Colman is teaches wine classes at New York University and the University of Chicago. He contributed to the third edition ofThe Oxford Companion to Wineand his articles have appeared inFood & WineandWine & Spirits.

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Endings and Beginnings
Identity and Prophecy in the Newe World
Snakes and Diggers: The Origins of Newe Ethnic Identities
Shamans, Prophets, and Missionaries: Newe Religion in the Nineteenth Century
Identity, Prophecy, and Reservation Life
Treaty Making and Consolidation: The Politics of Ethnogenesis
Two Trails: Resistance, Accommodation, and the 1870 Ghost Dance
Culture Wars, Indianness, and the 1890 Ghost Dance
Conclusion: Prophecy and American Identities
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index