A religious ceremony widely practiced among Native American peoples of the Great Plains, typically marked by several days of fasting and group dancing and sometimes including ritual self-torture, as in penance or to induce a trance or vision.
A religious dance in worship of the sun performed at the summer solstice by certain Plains Indians.
Sun-dance Sentence Examples
They call the sun dance barbarous, savage, a bloody superstition.
Tribes of this area held a special sun dance ceremony, with dancing accompanied on a large drum with a variety of special songs being sung as they pay homage to the sun through their movement.
In some Native American tribes, the rain dance and the sun dance are the same dance, with different names depending on the time period.
The U.S. Federal Government banned the sun dance during the period when the Native Americans were being forced to relocate either west of the Mississippi or develop Western living standards.
During this period when the sun dance was not allowed, many tribes started calling it the rain dance so that they would be allowed to practice it in peace.