We Shall Live Again: The 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance Movements as Demographic Revitalization

We Shall Live Again: The 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance Movements as Demographic Revitalization

by Russell Thornton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521328942

ISBN-13: 9780521328944

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521328944
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
American Sociological Association Rose Monographs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,375,913
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance movements; 2. Prior scholarship on the Ghost Dance movements; 3. Hypothesis of demographic revitalization; 4. Depopulation and the Ghost Dance movements; 5. Ghost Dance participation and depopulation; 6. Participation and population recovery; 7. A summary, a conclusion, some implications; Technical appendixes; References; Index.

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