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GBIA Video: History of the Ghost Dance (Harold Miller & Raymond Hoferer)

Harold Miller - History of the Ghost DanceRaymond Hoferer begins by talking about the spirits of his people, some of his memories while growing up, and how an elder influenced him to become the man he is today. Raymond, from the Walker Paiute Tribe, shares his knowledge on the history of the Ghost Dance, its meaning, and how important it is to his people. He also explains how Indians should stay with their religion, how it has become somewhat corrupt over the years, and how everyone should focus on equality and quit judging other human beings (GBIA Description, nd).

Harold Miller from Yerington, NV and Raymond Hofer from Walker Paiute Tribe speak about the history of the Ghost Dance as it had been taught by Wovoka (main character within this narrative) a Paiute medicine man. They explain the creation, outlawing, and revitalization of the Ghost Dance and how it moved from outside Paiute country and was assimilated into other tribes. Moreover, they explain how those other tribes helped to bring it back to where the Ghost Dance originated from. Harold also speaks about certain customs and traditions which have not been practiced as diligently by recent generations, and warns the audience about the consequences of not doing so. (GBC VHC Description, 08/12/2017).

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Last Updated: 6/7/21