We Shall Live Again The 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance Movements as Demographic Revitalization
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This study of the 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance movements among North American Indians offers an innovative theory about why these movements arose when they did. Emphasizing the demographic situation of American Indians prior to the movements, Professor Thornton argues that the Ghost Dances were deliberate efforts to accomplish a demographic revitalization of American Indians following their virtual collapse. By joining the movements, he contends, tribes sought to assure survival by increasing their numbers through returning the dead to life. Thornton supports this thesis empirically by closely examining the historical context of the two movements and by assessing tribal participation in them,…
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
|The 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance movements|
|Prior scholarship on the Ghost Dance movements|
|Hypothesis of demographic revitalization|
|Depopulation and the Ghost Dance movements|
|Ghost Dance participation and depopulation|
|Participation and population recovery|
|A summary, a conclusion, some implications|