Following his incarceration at Fort Sheridan in Illinois in 1891 for participating in the Ghost Dance religion
, he toured with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for two years.
In 1890, Wovoka, a Paiute influenced by Shakers, started the Ghost Dance Religion
in the Northwest, and it spread quickly to the Plains.
They had been told that he was preparing to lead the Ghost Dance religion
which was sweeping through the Indian tribes, promising the return of their ancestors, the buffalo, and a major revolt against the white man.
Even specialists might overlook this work, since Craft is known only from footnotes relating to the Ghost Dance religion
that ended at Wounded Knee in 1890.
The Jackdaw publication entitled Wounded Knee Massacre and Ghost Dance Religion
contains the testimony of Alice War Bonnet and the Indian agents, as well as excellent reproductions of original documents.
The persons interviewed in the book recall family stories of the disappearance of the buffalo, the Wild West shows, the Sun Dance, the Ghost Dance religion
, the two battles of Wounded Knee, changes in women's lives, and what it meant to serve in the military.
The soldiers had been sent to quell a rumored uprising--and put a stop to the new Ghost Dance religion
I recommended Shoshone Ghost Dance Religion
without a moment's hesitation.
Mooney, who wrote a classic 1896 book on the Sioux Ghost Dance religion
, took an intense personal interest in the plight of Native Americans and developed close friendships with many of those he studied.
In this sense, fundamentalist religious movements are much like the Ghost Dance religion
of native Americans in the 1880s, which hoped to restore the vitality and power of the native American religion in the West after it had been vanquished by a very alien way of life.