McLoughlin, William Gerald. The Cherokee Ghost Dance movement of 1811-1813

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Title: The Cherokee Ghost Dance movement of 1811-1813

Published in: The Cherokee ghost dance : essays on the Southeastern Indians, 1789-1861,

Published By: The Cherokee ghost dance : essays on the Southeastern Indians, 1789-1861, [Macon, Ga.]: Mercer, 1984. 111-151 p.

By line: by William G. McLoughlin with Walter H. Conser, Jr. and Virginia Duffy McLoughlin

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Cherokee (NN08)

Subjects: Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Political movements (668); Revelation and divination (787); Prophets and ascetics (792); Missions (797);

Abstract: This essay attempts to coordinate the few documentary accounts that are available concerning the Cherokee movement known as the 'Ghost Dance' and to match them with models that A .F .C. Wallace, Peter Worsley, and Kenelm Burridge have devised to delineate such movements. The accounts presented here vary greatly both in their details and in the interpretations they place on the movement. Although the Cherokee Ghost Dance movement was clearly a traditionalist revival resulting from the grave psychosocial stress of the years 1789-1810, it can also be seen as a celebration of the Cherokee victory over the efforts to remove them from their homeland in 1808-1810. From this victory they achieved a new sense of unity and national pride. In addition the rumors of war in the West, natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and the wondrous sign of the comet of 1811, all contributed to this many-sided movement (pp. 111-112).

Document Number: 45

Document ID: nn08-045

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Historian-4

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2006

Coverage Date: 1811-1813

Coverage Place: North Carolina, United States

LCSH: Cherokee Indians


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