Native American Performance and Representation
296 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Release Date:15 Sep 1909

Native American Performance and Representation

Edited by S.E. Wilmer
The University of Arizona Press

Native performance is a multifaceted and changing art form as well as a swiftly growing field of research. Native American Performance and Representation provides a comprehensive study of Native performance, not only its past but also its present and future. Contributors – Native and non-Native – use multiple perspectives, such as feminism, literary and film theory, and postcolonial discourse, to look at the varying nature of Native performance strategies. They consider the combination and balance of the traditional and modern techniques of performers in a multicultural world.

Notable scholars and performers such as Bruce McConachie, Jorge Huerta, and Daystar/Rosalie Jones offer much-needed insight into this quickly expanding field of study. They explore topics such as indigenous self-representations in performance, representations by nonindigenous people, cultural authenticity in performance and representation, and cross-fertilization between cultures. Other important, sometimes controversial issues they consider include the effects of miscegenation on traditional customs, racial discrimination, Native women’s position in a multicultural society, and the relationship between authenticity and hybridity in Native performance.

An important addition to the new and growing field of Native performance, Wilmer’s book cuts across disciplines and areas of study in a way no other book in the field does.

It will appeal not only to those interested in Native American studies but also to those concerned with women’s and gender studies, literary and film studies, and cultural studies.

S. E. Wilmer is an associate professor of drama and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, and he has served as a visiting professor at Stanford University and UC Berkeley.
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