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Performance and Knowledge

Edited By G. N. Devy, Geoffrey V. Davis Copyright 2021
    158 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    158 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    158 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

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    Part of the series Key Concepts in Indigenous Studies, this book focuses on the concepts that recur in any discussion of nature, culture and society among the indigenous. This final volume in the five-volume series deals with the two key concepts of performance and knowledge of the indigenous people from all continents of the world. With contributions from renowned scholars, activists and experts across the globe, it looks at issues and ideas of the indigenous peoples in the context of imagination, creativity, performance, audience, arts, music, dance, oral traditions, aesthetics and beauty in North America, South America, Australia, East Asia and India from cultural, historical and aesthetic points of view.

    Bringing together academic insights and experiences from the ground, this unique book, with its wide coverage, will serve as a comprehensive guide for students, teachers and scholars of indigenous studies. It will be essential reading for those in social and cultural anthropology, tribal studies, sociology and social exclusion studies, cultural studies, media studies and performing arts, literary and postcolonial studies, religion and theology, politics, Third World and Global South studies, as well as activists working with indigenous communities.

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    G. N. Devy

    1 Indigeneity and national celebrations in Latin America: performative practices and identity politics

    Ximena Cordova Oviedo

    2 Performance in native North America: music and dance

    Tara Browner

    3 Indigenous performing arts in Southeast Asia

    Kathy Foley

    4 Performance in Australia, Aotearoa and the Pacific

    Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker, Maryrose Casey, Diana Looser and David O’Donnell

    5 “Theory Coming Through Story”: indigenous knowledges and Western academia

    Hartmut Lutz

    6 Performance among adivasis and nomads in India

    G. N. Devy



    G. N. Devy is Honorary Professor, Centre for Multidisciplinary Development Research, Dharwad, India, and Chairman, People’s Linguistic Survey of India. An award-winning writer and cultural activist, he is known for his 50-volume language survey. He is Founder Director of the Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh in Gujarat, India, and was formerly Professor of English at M.S. University of Baroda. He is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, Linguapax Prize, Prince Claus Award and Padma Shri. With several books in English, Marathi and Gujarati, he has co-edited (with Geoffrey V. Davis and K. K. Chakravarty) Narrating Nomadism: Tales of Recovery and Resistance (2012), Knowing Differently: The Challenge of the Indigenous (2013), Performing Identities: Celebrating Indigeneity in the Arts (2014) and The Language Loss of the Indigenous (2016), published by Routledge.

    Geoffrey V. Davis was Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Aachen, Germany. He was international chair of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) and chair of the European branch (EACLALS). He co-edited Cross/Cultures: Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures and Cultures in English and the African studies series Matatu. His publications include Staging New Britain: Aspects of Black and South Asian British Theatre Practice (2006) and African Literatures, Postcolonial Literatures in English: Sources and Resources (2013).