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Indian Ghost Dance, approximately 1895

 Item — Box: 1, item: 7
Identifier: 2016-007-7
Indian Ghost Dance, approximately 1895

Scope and Contents

A cabinet card depicting Two flags, one the United States of America, the other unidentified, are in the center of a large circle of people seated outside. There are gaps in the circle where there is no one sitting. A single tree is within the circle to the right of the flags. "Indian Dancers" are likely Otoe and/or Osage, and the location is near Hominy, Oklahoma. "7" and "Hoyt" written on back in ink. Croft imprint on front.

Title taken from front of photograph. Printed on front of photograph bottom: "Indian Ghost Dance, Looking for the Messiah."

Printed on front of card left: "Croft. Arkansas City, Kansas."

It should be noted that this photograph has been retitled from an earlier title. From the clues in the photograph, it can be concluded that this is not a Ghost Dance. This is almost certainly a depiction of an early Waw-no-she’s dance, also known as a Faw Faw dance, or Old Man Fawfaw’s dance.


  • Other: approximately 1895


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Biographical / Historical

William Faw Faw, also known as Waw-no-she, an Oto, also had a dream of a ritual and way of life that would help a return to the old ways.


1 item : Black and white cabinet card ; 11 x 16.5

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Related Materials

This is a duplicate of the cabinet card: 1931-004-3-S101

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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