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|ISBN:||9781607320968 1607320967 9781607320975 1607320975|
|Description:||xxii, 315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||pt. 1. Introduction. Dance, culture, and identity --
Representational dance and the problem of authenticity --
pt. 2. K'iche' Maya traditional dance. Conquest, colonialism, and continuity --
The dance of the conquest and contested national identity --
pt. 3. Native American powwow. Origin, change, and continuity in powwow --
Characteristics, functions, and meanings in contemporary powwow --
Powwow, self-representation, and multiplicity of identity --
pt. 4. Folkloric dance. Folkloric dance, modernity, and appropriation --
Appropriation, round 2 : immigrant folkloric dance --
Back to the field : indigenous folkloric dance --
pt. 5. Chiefs, kings, mascots, and martyrs. Dancing Indian in sports : origins and development --
Chief Illiniwek enacted in ritual and myth --
Chief Illiniwek contested --
pt. 6. Conclusion. Dance in comparison --
Confusions and conclusions.
Considering four genres of dance in which indigenous people are represented--K'iche Maya traditional dance, powwow, folkloric dance, and dancing sports mascots--the book addresses both the ideational and behavioral dimensions of identity. Each dance is examined as a unique cultural expression in individual chapters, and then all are compared in the conclusion, where striking parallels and important divergences are revealed. Ultimately, Krystal describes how dancers and audiences work to construct and consume satisfying and meaningful identities through dance by either challenging social inequality or reinforcing the present social order.
Detailed ethnographic work, thorough case studies, and an insightful narrative voice make Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian a substantial addition to scholarly literature on dance in the Americas. It will be of interest to scholars of Native American studies, social sciences, and performing arts."--Pub. desc.