Native Acts

Native Acts

Indian Performance, 1603-1832

eBook - 2011
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Long before the Boston Tea Party, where colonists staged a revolutionary act by masquerading as Indians, people looked to Native Americans for the symbols, imagery, and acts that showed what it meant to be OC American.OCO And for just as long, observers have largely overlooked the role that Native peoples themselves played in creating and enacting the Indian performances appropriated by European Americans. It is precisely this neglected notion of Native Americans OC playing IndianOCO that "Native Acts" explores. These essaysOCoby historians, literary critics, anthropologists, and folkloristsOCoprovide the first broadly based chronicle of the performance of OC IndiannessOCO by Natives in North America from the seventeenth through the early nineteenth century.
The authorsOCO careful and imaginative analysis of historical documents and performative traditions reveals an intricate history of intercultural exchange. In sum, "Native Acts" challenges any simple understanding of cultural OC authenticityOCO even as it celebrates the dynamic role of performance in the American Indian pursuit of self-determination. In this collection, Indian peoples emerge as active, vocal, embodied participants in cultural encounters whose performance powerfully shaped the course of early American history.
Publisher: Lincoln [Neb.] : University of Nebraska Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780803239890
0803226322
9780803226326
Characteristics: 1 online resource (333 pages)

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