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Ghost Dance

Oil, unframed, 2016

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  • Artist

    Michele Utley Voigt
    Santa Barbara
  • Current value

    7,500
    Original value: 7,500
    Not for sale
  • Popularity over time

    Uploaded2017-02-01
    Today2019-10-17
  • Description

    Ghost Dance is a merger of the past and the present. Lessons lost in history now repeats in cast, geographical proximity and deeds. This work is light filled and prisms out the circular movement known as the Ghost Dance (Natdia) a spiritual movement that came about in the late 1880s when conditions were bad on Indian reservations and Native Americans needed something to give them hope. This movement found its origin in a Paiute Indian named Wovoka, who announced that he was the messiah come to earth to prepare the Indians for their salvation.
    The movement began with a dream by Wovoka, a Northern Paiute, during the solar eclipse on January 1, 1889. He claimed that, in his dream, he was taken into the spirit world and saw all Native Americans being taken up into the sky and the Earth opening up to swallow all Whites and to revert back to its natural state. The Native Americans, along with their ancestors, were put back upon the earth to live in peace. He also claimed that he was shown that, by dancing the round-dance continuously, the dream would become a reality and the participants would enjoy the new Earth.
    His teachings followed a previous Paiute tradition predicting a Paiute renaissance. Varying somewhat, it contained much Christian doctrine. He also told them to remain peaceful and keep the reason for the dance secret from the Whites. Wovoka's message spread quickly to other Native American peoples and soon many of them were fully dedicated to the movement.