James Mooney

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James Mooney (February 10, 1861 – December 22, 1921) was an American ethnographer who lived for several years among the Cherokee indians. His most notable works were his ethnographic studies of the Ghost Dance, a widespread religious movement among various Native American culture groups.

  • James Mooney participated in several peyote rituals and assisted the Native Americans in their legal battles to reserve their constitutional right to use peyote as part of their religion.