Indigenous artists frequently voice concerns over the commodification of their cultures, a process acutely felt by those living with the consequences of colonialism. This timely book, which features colour illustrations throughout, examines the ways in which contemporary indigenous peoples in different parts of the Americas have harnessed performance practices to resist imposed stereotypes and shape their own complex identities. Essays by leading academics and practitioners show the vibrancy of a wide array of indigenous arts and cultural events in the USA, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Canada, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Belize. As well as analysing performance idioms, the authors trace the circulation of creative products and practices as commodities, as cultural capital and/or as heritage. Making reference to aesthetic forms, intellectual property and political empowerment, these essays weigh the impact of music, festivities, film, photography, theatre and museum installations among diverse audiences and discuss ways in which spectacles of cultural difference are remodelled in the hands of indigenous practitioners.
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Helen Gilbert and Charlotte Gleghorn
Michelle H. Raheja
Michael J. Gonzales
Ximena Córdova Oviedo
Gabriela Zamorano Villarreal
Sarah Anne Stolte
Sergio Miguel Huarcaya
Helen Gilbert is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her primary research interest lies in the theatre and performance of marginalised cultures.
Charlotte Gleghorn is Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests lie in the field of Latin American film studies, with a particular emphasis on the political work of cinema and its relationship to processes of memory.