The Religious Movement Of Nanissaanah And Ghost Dance
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Nanissáanah was the religious movement that many Native Americans tribes participated in during the 1890s. It’s most commonly known as Ghost Dance. It had its beginnings around Nevada in 1870 but would later reemerged by the masses of different tribes towards the late 1880s. The dance, if done properly was to reunite the living with spirits of the dead. The spirits would fight to help their brothers and sisters regain their land and prosperity from white men who thought that the land was theirs to steal. The movement wasn’t to fight violence with violence but rather to bring peace back to the native people. Unfortunately, that would not be the tale that happened.
Between 1869-70, Tävibo, a Northern Paiute became known as the first Ghost Dance prophet. He was said to have visions and was able to communicate with the dead who said the white colonists would disappear and peace was in the near future for all tribes. He taught his followers a ceremonial circular dance and which is how the movement seized its name. News spread of Tävibo and Ghost Dance from Nevada to California and Oregon. The movement failed to gain more momentum with the lack of results that did not occur.
The movement was revived in 1889 from another Paiute prophet of the name of Wovoka, who would later be known as Jack Wilson. He too, experienced visions of peace and prosperity. His preaches were about strong work ethic and peace between nations. He taught the same dance as Tävibo with the