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Why was the sun dance so important to the plains people?


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2013-10-22 00:00:05
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The dance allowed the dancers to show determination and bravery

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The question is too general. There were plains tribal groups who historically celebrated the traditional form of the Sun Dance faith; tribal groups who still conduct Sun Dances today; plus, genizaro affairs who engage in what can only be described as a "Pan-Native American"/"Native Pan-American" semblance of the original plains Sun Dance. Historically, most Plains Indian tribes did participate in the Sun Dance. In fact, it is easier to ask which plains tribes did not participate in the Sun Dance--such a list would be shorter.

the sun dance was danced because they thought it healed the injured. so if someone was ill they danced it believing the ill person would get better. the buffalo dance was a dance that the Plains Indians did when they had ran out of buffalo. They would do this to ask their god for more buffalo.

They did the sun dance in the summer. That is all I know. I am doing an project on the Kiowa at school so I know a lot more other stuff and I was not in charge of the tradition's! Their you go! The sun dance is a tradition,

One of the customs of the Plains Indians was the Sun Dance. Native Americans from many of the Plains Indian tribes met on the grasslands in the summer. There, Indian doctors would treat the sick, and councils would meet to discuss common problems of the Indians. The most important part of the gathering was the Sun Dance, a four-day spiritual ceremony. The Sun Dance took place in a lodge built of tree branches. The lodge had no roof, and a tall tree trunk stood in the middle. As the Indians danced together, the dancers looked up the tree trunk to the sky, to ask the Great Spirit to give them good fortune through the following year.

it was thought to bring the sun to shine on the crops so they will be ready to pick

the red Indian sun dance is a dance that the Indian do in the sun once a year

Many of the NW tribes are related to plains and their traditional ceremony is Sun Dance. Many have converted to Christianity.

Almost all tribes in the Americas had dieties that represented the sun among other dieties. Some of the Plains tribes still do the Sun Dance. I can think of no tribe that "worshiped" in the English use of the word, the sun.

The lower plains tribe of the Ute's are traditionally similar to the upper plains tribes and participate in Sun Dance. Others who no longer follow traditional ceremonies have converted to Christianity and Mormonism.

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One of the dances that Cambodians have done, historically, to invite rain is called the Trot dance. The people dance for the sun for the sake of their farmlands.

they did the war dance the sun dance the ghost dance the animal dance and the ceremonial dance

Native Americans did not have religion. Only spirituality and their spirituality is their way of life. The upper plains natives Sun Dance and believe in the Creator of all.

people love the sun and they reallythought it looked cool

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Your question supposes that the so-called sun dance was exactly the same among all Plains tribes, which is a falseassumption.The Crows performed their version of the Sun Dance ritual for one reason only - to obtain spiritual power to gain revenge on their enemies. The dancer gazed intently at a sun dance doll place high on a central pole and it was this doll that was supposed to speak to the warrior during the painful and delirious process and show him a certain way of killing an enemy (including the direction to travel and sometimes even the exact spot the killing would take place).The correct name of the ritual among the many Sioux tribes was the "Gazing-at-the Sun-Dance", designed specifically for each warrior to demonstrate his stamina, his resistance to pain and his bravery. It was white observers who shortened the name to "sun dance", giving the false impression that it was somehow connected with the weather (in the same way that some tribes performed a rain dance). Buffalo spirit powers were always an element of the Sioux ritual, but they certainly did not perform it for the buffalo.Among the Mandan tribe the self-torture ritual was called pohk-hong and formed part of the Okeepah ceremony. This included elements of buffalo, turtle and antelope spirit powers.Other Plains tribes each had their own specific versions of the ceremony.You may be confusing the Gazing-at-the-Sun-Dance with the Buffalo Dance, which was an entirely different religious ceremony.

The Plains Indians followed no single religion. Animist religion was an important part of a Great Plains Indians' life, as they believed that all things possessed spirits. Their worship was centered on one main god, in the Sioux language Wakan Tanka(the Great Spirit). The Great Spirit had power over everything that had ever existed, and the Plains Indians believed that by worshiping him they would become stronger. Earth was also quite important, as she was the mother of all spirits. Spirits were worshiped daily. People sometimes prayed alone, while other times there were group gatherings. The most important group ceremony was the Sun Dance, in which participants danced for four days around a sacred object, and some would inflict harm upon themselves on purpose, all while staring at the sun. They believed this self-sacrifice would encourage powerful spirits to support and defend them.

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with out the sun we would not have the foodchain or the foodweb.We would all be dead be now

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