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Performance and Knowledge

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ISBN 9780367615765
November 11, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge India
184 Pages - 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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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Notes on Contributors




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


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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 fifty-volume language survey. He is the 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 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.