Dancing from Past to Present: Nation, Culture, Identities by Theresa Jill Buckland

By Theresa Jill Buckland

This groundbreaking assortment combines ethnographic and old techniques to bare how dance performs the most important cultural roles in a number of areas of the realm, together with Tonga, Java, Bosnia-Herzegovina, New Mexico, India, Korea, Macedonia, and England. The essays discover a stability among prior and current and consider how dance and physically practices are center id and cultural creators. achieving past the regularly Eurocentric view of dance, Dancing from prior to offer opens an international of dialogue over the function dance performs in forming and expressing cultural identities around the globe.

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Raymond Williams referred to the term “culture” as “one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language,” in his Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society (London: Fontana Paperbacks, 1976), 87. For a critical overview of the use of the concept in anthropology, see Carla Pasquinelli, “The Concept of Culture between Modernity and Postmodernity,” in Grasping the Changing World: Anthropological Concepts in the Postmodern Era, ed. Vaclav Hubinger (London: Routledge, 1996), 53–73.

Shumway, Larry Shumway, Richard Moyle, ‘I Futa Helu, and myself 23—during the past two hundred years have continued to encompass some of the most important social and political events in modern Tonga. K¯atoanga comprises several important performance activities including the mixing and drinking of kava (made from Dances and Dancing in Tonga 41 the infusion of a pepper plant called kava), the presentation of food and valuables, and the presentation of sung speeches with choreographed movements, primarily lakalaka that embed traditional rites and speeches and thereby confirm the importance of tradition in modern life.

D. Y. Peel, “Making History: The Past in the Ijesha Present,” Man 19, no. 1 (1984): 112. 53. Helen Thomas, “Mimesis and Alterity in the African Caribbean Quadrille: Ethnography Meets History,” Cultural and Social History: The Journal of the Social History Society, 1, no. ” 2 Dances and Dancing in Tonga Anthropological and Historical Discourses  .  The study of dances as historical and cultural discourses can be an illuminating anthropological project. The combination, however, diverges from typical anthropological research and analyses where these two approaches are usually separated.

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