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Indians and WannabesNative American Powwow Dancing in the Northeast and Beyond$
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Ann M. Axtmann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049113

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049113.001.0001

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Performing Race

Performing Race

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Indians and Wannabes

Ann M. Axtmann

University Press of Florida

Race and racism are heated issues at the center of how Indians and non-Indians perform at intertribal powwows. Though this chapter does not explicitly argue for a notion of “blood memory,” it does propose that Native dancers express a distinctive quality of dance movement as a result of (1) the power of generationally transmitted Indian cultural traditions; (2) lived experiences of genocide that have affected Indian identity; and (3) the fact that many Indians dance to provide for themselves and their families. The exploration of how Native Americans, since colonial times, have been––and continue to be––subject to scientific or ideological, ecological, and bureaucratic racism enriches our appreciation of the force and beauty of bodies in motion, where dance is resistance and survival.

Keywords:   bureaucratic racism, ecological racism, genocide, ideological racism, performing race, racism, scientific racism

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