Focusing on the enactment of identity in dance, Indigenous
Dance and Dancing Indian is a cross-cultural, cross-ethnic,
and cross-national comparison of indigenous dance practices.
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.
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