Matthew Krystal's Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian: Contested PDF

By Matthew Krystal

ISBN-10: 1607320967

ISBN-13: 9781607320968

Focusing at the enactment of identification in dance, Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian is a cross-cultural, cross-ethnic, and cross-national comparability of indigenous dance practices.

Considering 4 genres of dance within which indigenous individuals are represented--K'iche Maya conventional dance, powwow, folkloric dance, and dancing activities mascots--the e-book addresses either the ideational and behavioral dimensions of identification. each one dance is tested as a special cultural expression in person chapters, after which all are in comparison within the end, the place awesome parallels and demanding divergences are published. eventually, Krystal describes how dancers and audiences paintings to build and eat pleasurable and significant identities via dance through both not easy social inequality or reinforcing the current social order.

Detailed ethnographic paintings, thorough case reviews, and an insightful narrative voice make Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian a considerable addition to scholarly literature on dance within the Americas. it is going to be of curiosity to students of local American reports, social sciences, and acting arts.

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I am fairly certain in retrospect that Don Diego invited Chepe (one of my teachers) with me, to ensure that I would attend. Lest the ethnographer from the States get lost or forget, Don Diego arranged for an escort. He seemed to have had an interest in my getting the significance of traditional dance right. He may have had a sense that we ethnographers, who pride ourselves on interpreting meaning, sometimes miss the point. On that morning, during a ritual in celebration of the day of the Holy Cross, I learned that the red-masked Ajitz, a religious practitioner in the Dance of the Conquest, represents east, the traditional association of red in the Maya color-direction cosmology.

In other cases representational dances of identity deploy symbols of a mythic story or theme, leaving it to performers and audiences to discuss and circulate more general stories. Long a subject of social science, philosophy, and theology, myth is a common form of storytelling that resists easy definition. A standard introductory cultural anthropology text, Humanity, defines myths as “stories that recount the deeds of supernatural powers and culture heroes in the past” (Peoples 21 Dance, Culture, and Identity and Bailey 2003:399).

They were now to represent all of the highlands and the Maya in general in a nonindigenous (or Ladino) town in the nonindigenous part of the country. A local group of Ladino dancers constructed a version of Guatemalan national identity that was heavily influenced by the ideology of mestizaje (hybrid national culture derived from Spanish and Maya roots). Garifuna dancers presented their Afro-indigenous culture in song and dance as well. These two visiting groups, K’iche’ and Garifuna, constructed identity through dance representations of their own culture.

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