Native American Performance and Representation
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
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.
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