People Have Never Stopped Dancing Native American Modern Dance Histories
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
|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|