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date: 01 March 2021


(1858?–29 September 1932)
  • Melburn D. Thurman


Wovoka (1858?–29 September 1932), Northern Paiute prophet of the 1890 Ghost Dance, was the son of Tavibo, a shaman and headman who was involved in the 1870 Ghost Dance. Wovoka was commonly known as Jack Wilson. Although generally reported as having been born in the Walker River country, a 1910 census schedule lists California as his birthplace and his birthyear as 1858. A 1900 census schedule, however, gives Wovoka’s birthplace as Nevada and the year of his birth as 1855....

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