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A Critical Companion to Native American and First Nations Theatre

Jaye T Darby & Others Price: $27.85

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This foundational study offers an accessible introduction to Native American and First Nations theatre by drawing on critical Indigenous and dramaturgical frameworks

It is the first major survey book to introduce Native artists, plays, and theatres within their cultural, aesthetic, spiritual, and socio-political contexts

Native American and First Nations theatre weaves the spiritual and aesthetic traditions of Native cultures into diverse, dynamic, contemporary plays that enact Indigenous human rights through the plays' visionary styles of dramaturgy and performance

The book begins by introducing readers to historical and cultural contexts helpful for reading Native American and First Nations drama, followed by an overview of Indigenous plays and theatre artists from across the century

Finally, it points forward to the ways in which Native American and First Nations theatre artists are continuing to create works that advocate for human rights through transformative Native performance practices

Addressing the complexities of this dynamic field, this volume offers critical grounding in the historical development of Indigenous theatre in North America, while analysing key Native plays and performance traditions from the mainland United States and Canada

In surveying Native theatre from the late 19th century until today, the authors explore the cultural, aesthetic, and spiritual concerns, as well as the political and revitalization efforts of Indigenous peoples

This book frames the major themes of the genre and identifies how such themes are present in the dramaturgy, rehearsal practices, and performance histories of key Native scripts


Table of contents
List of Illustrations

Part One: Setting the Stage
1. The Circle of Indigenous Spaces
2. Incursions into Performance Cultures

Part Two: Reclaiming the Stage
3. Culture Bearers: The Grandmothers of Native Theatre and Performance
4. Homeland Yearnings Across Settings

Part Three: Revolutionizing the Stage
5. Activating the Stage
6. Advancing the Stage
7. The Heart of the Matter: Indigenous Performance and Community

Part Four: Transforming the Stage
8. Transforming Production Process
9. Being and Becoming
10. Expanding the Circle with Future Generations


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