Hope Springs Eternal – The Ghost Dance by Howard Terpning
In the late 19th century, the Great Plains Indians had been decimated by years of warfare against the U.S. government, and as a last, desperate cry of hope, the people embraced the Ghost Dance religion. This movement prophesied that the buffalo – slaughtered mercilessly by white hunters – would reappear, the white man himself would disappear, and the dead of the Indians would rise back to life.
At the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890, this last, slim hope was destroyed, along with the remnants of the Plains Indian civilization.
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