Paiute Indian Chiefs and Leaders

Big Bill, A Paiute chief. 
     He led the Indians who aided the notorious Mormon John D. Lee in the mountain Meadows massacre in southwest Utah on Sept. 11, 1857


Wovoka (‘The Cutter’). A Paiute dreamer and medicine-man, and originator of the Ghost dance; born in west Nevada about 1856. His fattier, Tavibo, ‘White Man,’ was also a reputed medicine-man, and the son may have inherited the mystic tendency from him. After his father’s death the boy was taken into the family of a white rancher from whom he received the name of Jack Wilson, by which he was commonly known among the whites. He was still alive in 1905, but had lost in large measure his former influence. For an account of his supernatural mission, see Ghost dance.
     Consult Mooney, Ghost Dance Religion, 14th Rep. B. A. E., 1896.

The books presented are for their historical value only and are not the opinions of the Webmasters of the site.   Handbook of American Indians, 1906

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