Ghost Dance
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society

     By 1890 food was always short. Disease killed both young and old on the reservation. The United States outlawed many native traditions. The Lakotas were lost between cultures. The Ghost Dance was a mix of Indian and Christian ceremony. It brought hope to many tribes. The Indians believed that if they danced, a messiah would come, the white man would go, their lives would become whole. The Lakotas also believed that they would be reunited with dead relatives and the buffalo would return. They danced and sang: "The buffalo are coming. Give me back my bow."