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This groundbreaking assortment combines ethnographic and ancient recommendations to bare how dance performs an important cultural roles in a number of areas of the realm, together with Tonga, Java, Bosnia-Herzegovina, New Mexico, India, Korea, Macedonia, and England. The essays discover a stability among previous and current and consider how dance and physically practices are center identification and cultural creators. achieving past the normally Eurocentric view of dance, Dancing from earlier to provide opens a global of discussion over the function dance performs in forming and expressing cultural identities around the globe.

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Continued fertility necessitated the offering of “first fruits” during an annual presentation of large quantities of kava, staple root crops, pigs, other foods, women’s valuables (koloa) of mats and barkcloth, as well as music and dance performances. First fruits and women were sent to the supreme ruler, not only from all the Tongan islands, but also from a larger region over which Tonga held influence—Samoa, ‘Uvea, Futuna, and other areas. Performances were also brought to honor and entertain the Tu‘i Tonga, the people, and the performers.

More recently, historians have researched historical records for societies usually reserved for the anthropological gaze. ”1 Even though many anthropologists have felt that structure and history are opposing concepts, they have used history in their studies— especially the long view of history as taken from archaeology and oral history with its contributions to the study of myth and genealogy. 25 26    .     Because of the problematic heritage of evolutionism and diffusionism, however, anthropologists have generally shied away from history and especially from grandiose schemes.

14. See Drid Williams, Anthropology and the Dance: Ten Lectures, 2nd ed. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004), for a detailed critique of evolutionist perspectives on dance. On the concept of folk in relation to dance, see Theresa J. Buckland, “‘Th’Owd Pagan Dance’: Ritual, Enchantment, and an Enduring Intellectual Paradigm,” Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement 11, no. 4, and 12, no. 1 (Fall 2001/Spring 2002; double issue): 418–20. See also Andrée Grau, “Myths of Origin,” in The Routledge Dance Studies Reader, ed.

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