sun dance


noun

a religious ceremony associated with the sun, practiced by North American Indians of the Plains, consisting of dancing attended with various symbolic rites and commonly including self-torture.

Origin of sun dance

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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sun dance

noun

a North American Indian ceremony associated with the sun, performed at the summer solstice
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