Dancing into connection: the Laura Aboriginal Dance and Cultural Festival

Henry, Rosita (2002) Dancing into connection: the Laura Aboriginal Dance and Cultural Festival. Poligrafi, 27-28 (7). pp. 31-48.

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Abstract

This paper concerns the significance of performances at an Indigenous dance festival in Australia. At the Laura Aboriginal Dance and Cultural Festival in Cape York, Indigenous peoples confront global demands for authentic »traditional culture«. Within the intercultural space of the festival, performers assert a political and economic presence, and experience a form of agency, that is elsewhere not available to them. The performers at the festival present Aboriginal dance not as a given dance tradition, but as a dynamic process of cultural twnsmission and embodiment of knowledge.

Item ID: 7037
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: anthropology; Australian Aborigines; dance; embodiment; festivals; indigenous; performance; Queensland
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Original title: "Plesanje v povezanost: Aboriginski plesni in kulturni festival v Lauri"

ISSN: 1318-8828
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2010 00:44
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 51%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society @ 49%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified @ 51%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 49%
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