Dancing into being: the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the Laura Dance Festival

Henry, Rosita (2000) Dancing into being: the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the Laura Dance Festival. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 11 (2). pp. 322-332.

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Abstract

Focusing on the connection between dance performance and the politics of identity, I explore the problem of human agency and interrogate the concept of a dualistic split between mind and body. I interpret dance as a form of corporeal politics and use the example of dance in two tourist arenas--the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the Laura Dance and Cultural Festival--to illustrate Aboriginal agency in both participating in and resisting structures of state bureaucratic practice, and representations of cultural authenticity.

Item ID: 1017
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: anthropology of dance, cultural festival, cultural centre, Indigenous Australia, Aboriginal culture
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Copyright 2000 Australian Anthropological Society Publisher lists as Volume 11, issue 2. Publication lists as both volume 11, issue 3 and volume 11, special issue 12: The politics of dance.

ISSN: 1757-6547
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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