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Sioux Ghost Dance

Sioux Ghost Dance
Directed byWilliam Kennedy Dickson
Produced byWilliam Kennedy Dickson
Starringmembers of Sioux nation
CinematographyWilliam Heise
Distributed byEdison Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • 1894 (1894)
Running time
21 seconds
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Sioux Ghost Dance is an 1894 American black-and-white silent film from Edison Studios, produced by William K. L. Dickson with William Heise as cinematographer. Filmed on a single reel, using standard 35 mm gauge, it has a 21-second runtime. The film was shot in Edison's Black Maria studio at the same time as Buffalo Dance.[1] These are two of the earliest films made which feature Native Americans. In this film, a group of Sioux warriors, including two boys, perform the Ghost Dance. According to the Edison catalog, the performers in both films were genuine Sioux people wearing traditional costumes and war paint. All were veterans of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Buffalo dance". Library of Congress. 1894. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "Sioux ghost dance". Library of Congress. 1894. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
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