People Have Never Stopped Dancing Native American Modern Dance Histories

ISBN-10: 0816647763
ISBN-13: 9780816647767
Edition: 2007
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Description: During the past thirty years, Native American dance has emerged as a visible force on concert stages throughout North America. In this first major study of contemporary Native American dance, Jacqueline Shea Murphy shows how these performances are  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.298

During the past thirty years, Native American dance has emerged as a visible force on concert stages throughout North America. In this first major study of contemporary Native American dance, Jacqueline Shea Murphy shows how these performances are at once diverse and connected by common influences. nbsp; Demonstrating the complex relationship between Native and modern dance choreography, Shea Murphy delves first into U.S. and Canadian federal policies toward Native performance from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, revealing the ways in which government sought to curtail authentic ceremonial dancing while actually encouraging staged spectacles, such as those in Buffalo Billrsquo;s Wild West shows. She then engages the innovative work of Ted Shawn, Lester Horton, and Martha Graham, highlighting the influence of Native American dance on modern dance in the twentieth century. Shea Murphy moves on to discuss contemporary concert dance initiatives, including Canadarsquo;s Aboriginal Dance Program and the American Indian Dance Theatre. nbsp; Illustrating how Native dance enacts, rather than represents, cultural connections to land, ancestors, and animals, as well as spiritual and political concerns, Shea Murphy challenges stereotypes about American Indian dance and offers new ways of recognizing the agency of bodies on stage. nbsp; Jacqueline Shea Murphy is associate professor of dance studies at the University of California, Riverside, and coeditor of Bodies of the Text: Dance as Theory, Literature as Dance.

Introduction: Dance as Document
Restrictions, Regulations, Resiliences
Have They a Right? Nineteenth-Century Indian Dance Practices and Federal Policy
Theatricalizing Dancing and Policing Authenticity
Antidance Rhetoric and American Indian Arts in the 1920s
Twentieth-Century Modern Dance
Authentic Themes: Modern Dancers and American Indians in the 1920s and 1930s
Her Point of View: Martha Graham and Absent Indians
Held in Reserve: Jose Limon, Tom Two Arrows, and American Indian Dance in the 1950s
Indigenous Choreographers Today
The Emergence of a Visible Native American Stage Dance
Aboriginal Land Claims and Aboriginal Dance at the End of the Twentieth Century
We're Dancing: Indigenous Stage Dance in the Twenty-first Century
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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