Rise of Religious Cults

In The Ghost Dance, Alice Kehoe discusses how Wovoka was able to address the social, cultural, political, and economic conditions that gave rise to this NRM (especially in Paiute and Lakota culture) near the turn of the twentieth century. Discuss Wovoka as a charismatic prophet; how might we best understand his personal appeal and the appeal of his message in the context of late nineteenth century Paiute society? Compare Wovoka with another of the prophets weve examined in ANTH 166 (you may choose which). How are the two individuals similar and different from each other? How were the communities and contexts in which they innovated religious ideas and activities similar and different? Please illustrate your answer with examples from class lectures, film, Alice Kehoes The Ghost Dance, and any readings that consider the second prophet youve decided to write about).