Saturday Open Thread | Native American Dance

Native American Ghost DanceThe Ghost Dance (Natdia) is a spiritual movement that came about in the late 1880s when conditions were bad on Indian reservations and Native Americans needed something to give them hope. This movement found its origin in a Paiute Indian named Wovoka, who announced that he was the messiah come to earth to prepare the Indians for their salvation.

The Paiute tradition that led to the Ghost Dance began in the 1870s in the Western Great Basin from the visions of Wodziwob (Gray Hair) concerning earth renewal and the reintroduction of the spirits of ancient Numu (Northern Paiute) ancestors into the contemporary day to help them. Central to the Natdia religion was the dance itself – dancing in a circular pattern continuously – which induced a state of religious ecstasy.

The movement began with a dream by Wovoka (named Jack Wilson in English), a Northern Paiute, during the solar eclipse on January 1, 1889. He claimed that, in his dream, he was taken into the spirit world and saw all Native Americans being taken up into the sky and the Earth opening up to swallow all Whites and to revert back to its natural state. The Native Americans, along with their ancestors, were put back upon the earth to live in peace. He also claimed that he was shown that, by dancing the round-dance continuously, the dream would become a reality and the participants would enjoy the new Earth.

His teachings followed a previous Paiute tradition predicting a Paiute renaissance. Varying somewhat, it contained much Christian doctrine. He also told them to remain peaceful and keep the reason for the dance secret from the Whites. Wovoka’s message spread quickly to other Native American peoples and soon many of them were fully dedicated to the movement. Representatives from tribes all over the nation came to Nevada to meet with Wovoka and learn to dance the Ghost Dance and to sing Ghost Dance songs.

The dance as told by Wovoka went something like this: “When you get home you must begin a dance and continue for five days. Dance for four successive nights, and on the last night continue dancing until the morning of the fifth day, when all must bathe in the river and then return to their homes. You must all do this in the same way. …I want you to dance every six weeks. Make a feast at the dance and have food that everybody may eat.”

The Natdia, it was claimed, would bring about renewal of the native society and decline in the influence of the Whites.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agents grew disturbed when they became aware that so many Indians were coming together and participating in a new and unknown event.

In early October, 1890, Kicking Bear, a Minneconjou Sioux Indian, visited Sitting Bull at Standing Rock telling him of his visit to Wovoka. They told him of the great number of other Indians who were there as well, referring to Wovoka as the Christ.

And they told him of the prophecy that the next spring, when the grass was high, the earth would be covered with new soil and bury all the white men. The new soil would be covered with sweet grass, running water and trees and the great herds of buffalo and wild horses would return. All Indians who danced the Ghost Dance would be taken up into the air and suspended there while the new earth was being laid down. Then they would be returned to the earth along with the ghosts of their ancestors.

When the dance spread to the Lakota, the BIA agents became alarmed. They claimed that the Lakota developed a militaristic approach to the dance and began making “ghost shirts” they thought would protect them from bullets. They also spoke openly about why they were dancing. The BIA agent in charge of the Lakota eventually sent the tribal police to arrest Sitting Bull, a leader respected among the Lakota, to force him to stop the dance. In the struggle that followed, Sitting Bull was killed along with a number of policemen. A small detachment of cavalry eventually rescued the remaining policemen.

Following the killing of Sitting Bull, the United States sent the Seventh Cavalry to “disarm the Lakota and take control.” During the events that followed, now known as the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890, 457 U.S. soldiers opened fire upon the Sioux, killing more than 200 of them. The Ghost Dance reached its peak just before the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.

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38 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Native American Dance

  1. rikyrah says:

    Friday’s episode of Grimm was terrific!

    I honestly thought that the baby would wind up being raised by Nick and Juliet. But, that would have required Adelinde to be selfless, which she never will be. Renard didn’t shock me so much. I think the visit from his brother put him over the edge, and he realized he had to do the right thing.

    I wonder if this baby grows quicker than other kids, and in a couple of years, she’ll be a teenager?

  2. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Revise The History Of Slavery to Make Themselves The Party of Equal Rights
    By: Rmuse
    Saturday, April, 12th, 2014, 9:21 am

    Historical revisionism is a Republican and religious right practice regarding the illegitimate distortion of the historical record so certain events appear in a more favorable light to substantiate their backward positions. One of the most recent phenomena in revisionist history is the insane notion that the Founding Fathers were directed by god to form America as a Christian nation, and that when he wrote the U.S. Constitution he told them there was no need for a federal government because states were the supreme law of the land. Recently, a staunch religious right conservative attempted to revise history again and asserted that people of faith are the true advocates for equal rights to bolster his claim there is no need for a federal government to ensure every American is treated the same.

    Jim DeMint, president of the uber-conservative Heritage Foundation and former South Carolina senator was selling conservatism as America’s salvation on a Christian radio show when he claimed that the federal government had nothing whatsoever to do with ending slavery, and credited Christian advocacy for the Constitution with freeing the slaves. DeMint told Jerry Newcombe of Truth in Action Ministries that only by allowing conservatives to return the nation to 1776 and the original conservative intent of the Founding Fathers, is it possible for America to be America again. DeMint said, “This progressive, the whole idea of being progressive is to progress away from those ideas that made this country great. What we’re trying to conserve as conservative are those things that work, and we can change this country and change its course very quickly if we just remember what works.” Newcombe replied, “Let’s say you’re talking with a liberal person and they were to turn around and say, ‘that Founding Fathers thing worked out really well, look at that Civil War we had eighty years later.” DeMint shifted to the topic to slavery to demonstrate how racism permeates the Republican Party, and was incited to claim the government had nothing to do with ending slavery.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Donna NoShock @NoShock

    Republicans Revise The History Of Slavery to Make Themselves The Party of Equal Rights
    10:40 AM – 12 Apr 2014

  4. rikyrah says:

    America’s First Black Doctor passed as white, so people knew nothing about him
    Posted on April 10, 2014

    If you don’t know about the name of James McCune Smith, consider this to be an important introduction. Dr. McCune Smith is known as the first professionally-trained African American doctor. He received his degree in 1837, at a time when the idea of a black man becoming a physician was as far-fetched as traveling to the planet Mars.

    Dr. McCune Smith couldn’t get his degree in the United States due to the country’s strong commitment to keeping black people in a subordinate class. So, he went to Scotland to get his degree and then returned to the US to help the poor. He was the resident physician at an orphanage in lower Manhattan, putting his skills to good use for unfortunate children.

    Smith also enjoyed writing and standing up against slavery. Sadly, when he died, he was placed in an unmarked grave and has disappeared from historical conversation. Until now. Just three years ago, the ancestors of this extraordinary man came together to celebrate his life and accomplishments. They also gave him a new tombstone at his gravesite.

    “He was one of the leaders within the movement to abolish slavery, and he was one of the most original and innovative writers of his time,” said John Stauffer, a professor of African-American studies at Harvard University.

    Part of the reason that no one knew about Dr. Smith’s achievements is because he was a light-skinned black man who often passed for white. His mother was a slave and his father was a white man. Also, three of his children passed as white and were buried as white people. This meant that his ancestors would have no idea that a black man was in their lineage.

    Smith’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Greta Blau of New Haven, Conn. figured out the family connection while taking a class on the history of black people in New York City. When she saw the name James McCune Smith, she remembered that her grandmother had inscribed the name on a bible long ago.

  5. Look at this Chicas! These clowns have shut down the highway. It won’t end well.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Woody Allen’s Play About Harlem’s Cotton Club Has No Black Actors

    Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” play has many theater lovers anticipating Thursday’s opening, but not for the reason you might think. The show, a musical based The Cotton Club in Harlemon Harlem’s Cotton Club, doesn’t feature any black actors.

    You heard right–the setting of the musical, Harlem, was the hub of black culture during that period, but Allen’s play is all white.

    The New York Daily News reports that Allen specifically requested that there be no black gangsters in his play, which will premiere at the St. James Theatre.

    “Everyone’s white at Woody’s Cotton Club and in the gangster numbers,” said a source with the Daily News. “Casting was considering a big-name African-American actor for the play, but Woody passed because he just got the idea that a black gangster wouldn’t be good. One man wasn’t asked back and then was told it was Woody who didn’t want any black gangsters.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    Good Afternoon, Everyone :)

  8. Beee uuu teee ful!

    Native American Drums Ritual Trance Dance

  9. Ametia says:


    The next White House Correspondents’ Dinner will take place on May 3, 2014.

    WASHINGTON – The White House Correspondents’ Association℠ is pleased to announce that Joel McHale, star of the NBC series Community, will be the entertainer at the association’s Centennial dinner on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

    “We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” said WHCA President Steven Thomma. ” He’s sharp, funny, and just the type of comic who can navigate the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats, Republicans and especially the news media. Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing.”

    McHale is a star of the NBC series Community, now in its 5th season. He also satirizes pop culture and current events as the host of E!’s The Soup. He’s appeared in movies as well, and recently finished work on the forthcoming thriller Deliver Us From Evil produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

    Founded in 1914 to represent the White House press corps, the association marks its centennial this year. It works to maintain independent news media coverage of the president, advocating for access, handling logistics for pools of reporters who stay close to the president and those who travel with him, and providing scholarships to journalism students.

    The annual dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships for aspiring journalists and awards recognizing excellence in the profession.

  10. Love this so much!

  11. Ametia says:

    PBO took NAN audience to CHURCH Friday. LOL


  12. Ametia says:

    Touré: If GOP Loves Putin So Much, Why Don’t They Nominate Him in 2016?

    by Josh Feldman | 6:50 pm, April 11th, 20

    Touré taunted Republicans a bit on The Cycle Friday, sardonically making the case that since they’ve been praising Vladimir Putin to spite President Obama, they might as well take it to the logical conclusion of nominating Putin to be their 2016 presidential nominee. Why would the GOP go for Putin? Because, Touré argued, they love “guys who are decisive, unblinking, and authoritarian.”

  13. Ametia says:

    PBO: “Obama: The ‘Real Voter Fraud’ Comes From ‘People Who Try To Deny Our Rights.”

    • Showdown on the range: Nevada rancher, feds face off over cattle grazing rights

      (CNN) — A 20-year dispute between a Nevada rancher and federal rangers over illegal cattle grazing erupted into an Old West-style showdown on the open range this week, even prompting self-proclaimed members of militia groups from across the country to join the rancher in fighting what they say is U.S. “tyranny.”

      What began as a legal fight between longtime rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has escalated as Bundy kept his cattle on the federal land, and the government has responded by beginning roundups of the livestock.

      A confrontation teetered on violence Wednesday when Bundy family members and dozens of supporters angrily confronted a group of rangers holding Tasers and barking dogs on leashes near Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

      Federal officials say a police dog was kicked and officers were assaulted.

      Bundy family members say they were thrown to the ground or jolted with a Taser.

      In the end, the rangers got into their white SUVs and drove away, a YouTube video of the incident showed.

      “Get out of our state!” the cheering protesters yelled at the rangers as they departed in several vehicles. “BLM go away! BLM go away!” they added, referring to the Bureau of Land Management.

      The entire incident is now under investigation, Amy Lueders, the bureau’s director in Nevada, said Thursday.

      To some, the 67-year-old Bundy is a hero who hails from a long family of ranchers stretching back to the Wild West.

      To environmentalists and the feds, however, he’s an outlaw of sorts who owes U.S. taxpayers more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees.

      The U.S. government is rounding up Bundy’s cattle that it says have been grazing illegally on public lands in Clark County for more than 20 years, according to the land-management bureau and the National Park Service.

      Please tell me how Bundy had his cattle grazing for 20 years and not paying fees?

  14. Happy Saturday, everyone! Enjoy the weekend with friends and family!

    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, SG2 & Everyone! Love the Ghost Dance. We gone need to do dat dance for decades to get rid of the white man’s influences.

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