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date: 22 October 2019

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Treatments of NRMs typically focus on a handful of one or two dozen of the most controversial groups that emerged in the wake of the Sixties counterculture in Western countries. However, it seemed that including a treatment of certain indigenous millenarian movements would be useful for comparative purposes – hence the present chapter on Native American prophet religions. Characteristically, these movements begin with the religious experience of a single prophet, and otherwise share certain similarities. It is not until one examines the position that their revelations took on the topic of the non-Indian presence that Native American prophets begin to diverge significantly from one another. The present chapter thus examines contrasting movements, some that accept and that adapt to the presence of Euroamericans, and others that reject the culture of the intruders.

Keywords: Ghost Dance, Shamans, Wovoka, Tenswatawa, Handsome Lake, Louis Riel

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