Offered for public sale is this exceptionally rare and historic Ghost Dance Sioux Native American Indian Buffalo horn rattle dance club dating to circa 1890. The Ghost Dance movement of 1890 was a ceremonial dance created by the Northern Paiute spiritual leader Wovoka (Jack Wilson). Wovoka taught that when done properly the dance was believed to reunite the spirits of the living with the dead allowing them to fight on their behalf, causing the white colonist to leave and bring peace, prosperity and unity to the Native American peoples. The war club like dance wand rattle is constructed of a stripped wood haft that is completely wrapped with a Great American Bison Buffalo Indian tanned hide and sewn with a sinew thread. The haft covering still shows remnants of the Buffalo fur. The head shows two Buffalo horns wrapped in Buffalo hide with the fur still on and accented by early chalk white pony pound beads. When shaken, the dance wand emits a rattle caused by some foreign object being embedded into the horns. The entire piece shows an even patina and unique design. Provenance: From the late E.E. Dorssom estate of Leavenworth, Kansas. Measures 10" wide and 23.25" long.
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