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Author Smoak, Gregory E., 1962-

Title Ghost dances and identity : prophetic religion and American Indian ethnogenesis in the nineteenth century / Gregory E. Smoak.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006.

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Description 1 online resource (1 volume)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents "Snakes" and "diggers" : the origins of new ethnic identities -- Shamans, prophets, and missionaries : new religion in the nineteenth century -- Treaty making and consolidation : the politics of ethnogenesis -- "Twotrails" : resistance, accommodation, and the 1870 ghost dance -- Culture wars, Indianness, and the 1890 ghost dance -- Ghost dances and American Indian identity.
Summary 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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Subject Ghost dance -- History -- 19th century.
Shoshoni Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Shoshoni Indians -- Religion.
Shoshoni Indians -- Ethnic identity.
Bannock Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Bannock Indians -- Religion.
Bannock Indians -- Ethnic identity.
Chronological Term Geschichte 1800-1900
1800 - 1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Smoak, Gregory E., 1962- Ghost dances and identity. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006 0520246586 (DLC) 2005011962 (OCoLC)60188062
ISBN 9780520941724 (electronic bk.)
0520941721 (electronic bk.)
1423731379 (electronic bk.)
9781423731375 (electronic bk.)
0520246586 (cloth ; alk. paper)