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An Ensemble Performance of Indians in the Act: Native Theater Past and Present

An Ensemble Performance of Indians in the Act: Native Theater Past and Present SAIL . SPRING 2004 . VOL. 16, NO. 1 An Ensemble Performance of Indians in the Act Native Theater Past and Present THE CAST Harvey Markowitz, Ceyakton Institute Craig Howe, Ceyakton Institute Dean Rader, University of San Francisco LeAnne Howe, Choctaw, author, playwright AN INTRODUCTION "Indians in the Act," a panel presentation was conceived as a theatrical moment, an academic play in four acts beginning with historical essays on Lakota performance and culminating with discourse on contemporary Native theater. Our panel performed at the Native American Literature Symposium on November 30, 2000, at 7 P.M. in the all-inclusive resort, Inter-Continental Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. What is presented here--for the page--is not accurate in the sense in which "performance" is used by academics. The title has been slightly altered. Edits made. The performance, while relevant to the conference, may not at first be obvious to a reader. Translating the oral tradition, or a Native performance has always proved difficult. Oral stories seem stilted on the page and often require a great deal of teacher preparation for students to become fully engaged in the material. We encountered similar difficulties in reproducing "Indians in the Act" for SAIL. We had to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Indian Literatures University of Nebraska Press

An Ensemble Performance of Indians in the Act: Native Theater Past and Present

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Copyright © 2004 Harvey Markowitz, Craig Howe, Dean Rader and LeAnne Howe
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SAIL . SPRING 2004 . VOL. 16, NO. 1 An Ensemble Performance of Indians in the Act Native Theater Past and Present THE CAST Harvey Markowitz, Ceyakton Institute Craig Howe, Ceyakton Institute Dean Rader, University of San Francisco LeAnne Howe, Choctaw, author, playwright AN INTRODUCTION "Indians in the Act," a panel presentation was conceived as a theatrical moment, an academic play in four acts beginning with historical essays on Lakota performance and culminating with discourse on contemporary Native theater. Our panel performed at the Native American Literature Symposium on November 30, 2000, at 7 P.M. in the all-inclusive resort, Inter-Continental Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. What is presented here--for the page--is not accurate in the sense in which "performance" is used by academics. The title has been slightly altered. Edits made. The performance, while relevant to the conference, may not at first be obvious to a reader. Translating the oral tradition, or a Native performance has always proved difficult. Oral stories seem stilted on the page and often require a great deal of teacher preparation for students to become fully engaged in the material. We encountered similar difficulties in reproducing "Indians in the Act" for SAIL. We had to

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Studies in American Indian LiteraturesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: May 4, 2004

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