Historical Who is Who

WOWOKA

1856 - 1932
United States
RELIGION, POLITICS

 

Also known as Jack Wilson, Wowoka was the initiator of Ghost Dance Movement amongst North American Indians. Drawing on personal visions and tribal traditions, his own initiating message was to call for a radically peaceable lifestyle in response to oppression by White people – they faced imminent destruction. Though it was the Sioux who were massacred at Wonder Knee, Wowoka’s message of living a moral life continued to have an appeal in the development of Pan-Indian identity.

This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using the site, you agree to our use of cookies. For more information about how we use cookies click here.