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We Shall Live Again

The 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance Movements as Demographic Revitalization [Paperback]

by Russell Thornton

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      Russell Thornton

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      Cambridge University Press

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      December 2006

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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, revealing particularly how population size and decline influenced participation among and within American Indian tribes. He also considers American Indian population change after the Ghost Dance periods and shows that participation in the movements actually did lead the way to a demographic recovery for certain tribes.


      • Author

        Russell Thornton

      • Book Format


      • Publisher

        Cambridge University Press

      • Published

        December 2006

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      • Dimensions

        153 x 229 x 7 mm

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      • Author/Creator: Russell Thornton

      • ISBN: 9780521034524

      • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

      • Release Date: December 2006

      • Weight: 178g

      • Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 7 mm

      • Eden Code: 1099692

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