Native American Performance and Representation

S. E. Wilmer


Preface vii
Introduction 1

Part I Reframing Dance, Performance, and Traditional Stories for a Postmodern Era

1 Inventing Native Modern Dance: A Tough Trip through Paradise
Daystar/Rosalie Jones 19

2 Old Spirits in a New World: Pacific Northwest Performance: Identity, Authenticity, Theatricality
Sarah Bryant-Bertail 40

3 Owners of the Past: Readbacks or Tradition in Mi'kmaq Narratives
Anne-Christine Hornborg 61

4 The Pocahontas Myth and Its Deconstruction in Monique Mojica's Play Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots
Maria Lyytinen 78

Part II The Native Body in Performance

5 Stories from the Body: Blood Memory and Organic Texts
Monique Mojica 97

6 Acts of Transfer: The 1975 and 1976 Productions of Raven and Body Indian by Red Earth Performing Arts Company
Julie Pearson-Little Thunder 110

7 Embodiment as a Healing Process: Native American Women and Performance
Shelley Scott 123

8 The Hearts of Its Women: Rape, (Residential Schools), and Re-membering
Ric Knowles 136

Part III Native Representation in Drama

9 "People with Strong Hearts": Staging Communitism in Hanay Geiogamah's Plays Body Indian and 49
Jaye T. Darby 155

10 Coming-of-Age on the Rez: William S. Yellow Robe's The Independence of Eddie Rose as Native American Bildungsdrama
David Krasner 171

11 Feathers, Flutes, and Drums: Images of the Indigenous Americans in Chicano Drama
Jorge Huerta 182

12 Metamora's Revenge
Bruce McConachie 193

Part IV Challenging Stereotypes through Film

13 Performance and "Trickster Aesthetics" in the Work of Mohawk Filmmaker Shelley Niro
Kristin L. Dowell 207

14 Speaking Lives, Filming Lives: George Burdeau and Victor Masayesva
Annie Kirby-Singh 222

Notes 235
About the Contributors 271
Index 279

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