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Edison Films footage of Sioux Ghost Dance from 1894
Ghost Dancers of the Sioux Tribe are shown in full war paint and war costumes. 40 feet. 7.50. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, this film and others shot on the same day (see also Buffalo dance) featured Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and represent the American Indian's first appearance before a motion picture camera.
Created by Edison Manufacturing Co.- Camera, William Heise - Filmed September 24, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio. - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)