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Wovoka (1858?–1932), also known as Jack Wilson, Nevada-born Paiute Native American who originated the ghost-dance religion practiced by Native Americans of the West. In 1889, while ill with a fever, he had a prophetic vision during a solar eclipse. In the vision, the Great Spirit told him that if his people lived in harmony and performed certain rituals, the foreign settlers would leave, Paiute ancestors would be brought back to life, and they would live long, happy lives. Wovoka, the son of a Paiute prophet, was adopted as a boy by David Wilson, a European-American settler.

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