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a| E98.D2 b| T48 1986
a| Thornton, Russell, d| 1942-
a| We shall live again h| [electronic resource] : b| the 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance movements as demographic revitalization / c| Russell Thornton.
a| Cambridge ; a| New York : b| Cambridge University Press, c| 1986.
a| 1 online resource (xiii, 95 p. ) b| map ;
a| text b| txt
a| computer b| c
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a| The Arnold and Caroline Rose monograph series of the American Sociological Association.
a| Arnold and Caroline Rose monograph series of the American Sociological Association
a| Includes index.
a| 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.
a| Includes bibliographical references and index.
a| Ghost dance.
a| Indians of North America z| West (U.S.) x| Population.
a| Indians of North America z| West (U.S.) x| Rites and ceremonies.
a| Electronic books.
a| Arnold and Caroline Rose monograph series of the American Sociological Association.
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