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Ghost dances

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Ritual group dances performed by Native Americans in the late 19th century, as part of a religious movement to promote the return of the dead, the restoration of Indian lands, food supplies, and way of life, and generally rehabilitate the traditional Indian culture.

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<religious ceremonies>

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ghost dance


12yrs ago

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