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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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Power in Motion

Power in Motion

A Conclusion

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Indians and Wannabes

Ann M. Axtmann

University Press of Florida

The concluding chapter reasserts the critical importance of claiming and expressing power to the history of powwow--through sensory experiences of space and time, through transcultural exchanges, and through performances of race. Axtmann analyzes three dance styles that best exemplify these complex power dynamics: the women’s jingle dress dance and the women’s and men’s fancy dances. She explores dance competitions as modern-day warfare, where agency is asserted through dynamic dance practices, ancient and modern, traditional and ever-changing. Concentrating on principal dance styles performed at powwows in the Northeast, Axtmann also considers other regional dances, discussing how moving bodies affirm and re-affirm individual and cultural specificity. She closes with remarks about the dangers of commercialization to powwow.

Keywords:   agency, comparing the dances, commercialization, competitions, jingle dress style, men’s fancy style, power, sacred, transculturation, women’s fancy shawl style

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