Powwow

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This anthology examines the origins, meanings, and enduring power of the powwow. Held on and off reservations, in rural and urban settings, powwows are an important vehicle for Native peoples to gather regularly. Although sometimes a paradoxical combination of both tribal and intertribal identities, they are a medium by which many groups maintain important practices.
 
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Overview


This anthology examines the origins, meanings, and enduring power of the powwow. Held on and off reservations, in rural and urban settings, powwows are an important vehicle for Native peoples to gather regularly. Although sometimes a paradoxical combination of both tribal and intertribal identities, they are a medium by which many groups maintain important practices.
 
Powwow begins with an exploration of the history and significance of powwows, ranging from the Hochunk dances of the early twentieth century to present-day Southern Cheyenne gatherings to the contemporary powwow circuit of the northern plains. Contributors discuss the powwow’s performative and cultural dimensions, including emcees, song and dance, the expression of traditional values, and the Powwow Princess. The final section examines how powwow practices have been appropriated and transformed by Natives and non-Natives during the past few decades. Of special note is the use of powwows by Native communities in the eastern United States, by Germans, by gay and lesbian Natives, and by New Agers.
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Editorial Reviews

Western Historical Quarterly

“The essays in Powwow reveal the intertribal and local nuances of the complex powwow world from historical, cultural, community, and personal perspectives. . . . Indeed, this glimpse into the powwow complex should spark much attention among scholars to a prominent component of modern Native life—one that, like the persistence of Native communities generally, has thrived on change and innovation as much as continuity and tradition.”—John W. Troutman, Western Historical Quarterly

— John W. Troutman

Great Plains Quarterly

"These essays, tied together by the powwow theme, create a book whose words dance off the page. Readers should be delighted by their increased understanding of the American Indian powwow at the beginning of the twenty-first century."—Great Plains Quarterly

— Clifford E. Trafzer

Western Historical Quarterly - John W. Troutman

“The essays in Powwow reveal the intertribal and local nuances of the complex powwow world from historical, cultural, community, and personal perspectives. . . . Indeed, this glimpse into the powwow complex should spark much attention among scholars to a prominent component of modern Native life—one that, like the persistence of Native communities generally, has thrived on change and innovation as much as continuity and tradition.”—John W. Troutman, Western Historical Quarterly
Great Plains Quarterly - Clifford E. Trafzer

"These essays, tied together by the powwow theme, create a book whose words dance off the page. Readers should be delighted by their increased understanding of the American Indian powwow at the beginning of the twenty-first century."—Great Plains Quarterly
Western Historical Quarterly
"The essays in Powwow reveal the intertribal and local nuances of the complex powwow world from historical, cultural, community, and personal perspectives. . . . Indeed, this glimpse into the powwow complex should spark much attention among scholars to a prominent component of modern Native life-one that, like the persistence of Native communities generally, has thrived on change and innovation as much as continuity and tradition."-John W. Troutman, Western Historical Quarterly

— John W. Troutman

Great Plains Quarterly
"These essays, tied together by the powwow theme, create a book whose words dance off the page. Readers should be delighted by their increased understanding of the American Indian powwow at the beginning of the twenty-first century."

— Clifford E. Trafzer, Great Plains Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803267558
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Clyde Ellis is an associate professor of history at Elon University. He is the author of To Change Them Forever: Indian Education at the Rainy Mountain Boarding School, 1893–1920, and A Dancing People: Powwow Culture on the Southern Plains. Luke Eric Lassiter is an associate professor of anthropology at Ball State University. He is the author of The Power of Kiowa Song: A Collaborative Ethnography and coauthor (with Clyde Ellis and Ralph Kotay) of The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity, and Indian Hymns (Nebraska 2002). Gary H. Dunham is the director of the University of Nebraska Press.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 "The sound of the drum will revive them and make them happy" 3
2 Some reflections on nearly forty years on the Northern Plains powwow circuit 26
3 Ho-Chunk "Indian powwows" of the early twentieth century 46
4 Local contexts of powwow ritual 68
5 Putting things in order : the discourse of tradition 85
6 The songs of our elders : performance and cultural survival in Omaha and Dane-zaa traditions 110
7 Powwow patter : Indian emcee discourse on power and identity 130
8 Beauty is youth : the powwow "princess" 152
9 East meets West : on stomp dance and powwow worlds in Oklahoma 172
10 The Monacan nation powwow : symbol of indigenous survival and resistance in the Tobacco Row Mountains 201
11 Two-spirit powwows and the search for social acceptance in Indian country 224
12 Powwow overseas : the German experience 241
13 Dancing with Indians and wolves : new agers tripping through powwows 258
14 Purposes of North Carolina powwows 275
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