Made of paint, ochre, rawhide, deerhide, the item measures 19" x 19" with a 1/4 rawhide armor plate. Target in center, 3 ghost dance figures, 2 dragonflies, 12 horseshoes. Data written on shield: Collected 1896 Lodge Grass.. Gift to White Buffalo Crow Indian. This shield was given to the Crow, White Buffalo from the Lakota (Sioux) at the Lodge Grass Crow Reservation where The Battle of Little Bighorn took place.The Lakota Ghost Dance was to draw the dead spirits to battle with the live Warriors to overwhelm the enemy. The Dance later took on the names of Spirit Dance, Circle Dance etc. This is a truly remarkable Native American Ritual Antiquity. The story tells of the Native American Indians being so plentiful combining the. That Custer's men could not stand against them at Little Big Horn.
Ghost Dances influenced many Native American religions. Is a very general term that encompasses different religious revitalization movements in the Western United States.
In 1870, a Ghost Dance was founded by the Paiute. And in 18891890, a Ghost Dance Religion was founded by Wovoka.
(Jack Wilson), who was also a Northern Paiute. The Ghost Dance was meant to serve as a connection with traditional ways of life and to honor the dead while predicting their resurrection. In December 1888, Wovoka, who was thought to be the son of the medicine man Tavibo (Numu-tibo'o), fell sick with a fever during an eclipse of the sun, which occurred on January 1, 1889.
Upon his recovery, he claimed that he had visited the spirit world. And the Supreme Being and predicted that the world would soon end, then be restored to a pure aboriginal state in the presence of the Messiah. All Native Americans would inherit this world, including those who were already dead, in order to live eternally without suffering. In order to reach this reality, Wovoka stated that all Native Americans should live honestly, and shun the ways of whites (especially the consumption of alcohol).
He called for meditation, prayer, singing, and dancing as an alternative to mourning the dead, for they would soon resurrect. Wovoka's followers saw him as a form of the messiah.
And he became known as the Red Man's Christ. Tavibo had participated in the Ghost Dance of 1870 and had a similar vision of the Great Spirit of Earth removing all white men, and then of an earthquake removing all human beings.
Tavibo's vision concluded that Native Americans would return to live in a restored environment and that only believers in his revelations would be resurrected. This religion spread to many tribes on reservations in the West, including the Shoshone.
In fact, some bands of Lakota and Dakota were so desperate for hope during wartime that they strengthened their militancy after making a pilgrimage to Nevada in 18891890. They provided their own understanding to the Ghost Dance which included the prediction that the white people would disappear. A Ghost Dance gathering at Wounded Knee.In December 1890 was invaded by the Seventh Cavalry, who massacred unarmed Lakota and Dakota people. The earliest Ghost Dance heavily influenced religions such as the Earth Lodge, Bole-Maru Religion, and the Dream Dance. Still practices the Ghost Dance today. The item "Ghost Dance Spirit Shield from Little Big Horn Ghost Dance Ritual" is in sale since Thursday, June 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "learnaboutgod" and is located in Midlothian, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.