Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for December 2018

December 31, 2018

Among other subjects, the exhibit, Yua : Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit, celebrates the traditions of Yup’ik masks and dancing while sharing the influence of those customs on the culture. Reflecting upon that exhibit has inspired the topic for this month’s collection spotlight – dance! Understanding the need to, the desire for and the choice of dance for people throughout history may turn out to be as complicated as some dance routines themselves. However, most every culture includes some form of social expression typified in dance. For the Yup’ik culture, as well as numerous American Indian communities, dance is a noteworthy part of their cultural heritage and provides a shared experience within the community. The following four selections from the Library collection demonstrate the critical role of dance in American Indian cultures. These examples examining the enduring history of dance are currently on display in the public reading area of the Library. Please feel free to visit the Library to review these or any other items of interest in the Library and Archives collections. For more details or additional collection information, click on the link labeled Library Catalog Search located in the pull-down menu of the Library tab on the Heard website.

 

Krystal, Matthew

Indigenous dance and dancing Indian : contested representation in the global era

Boulder, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, c2012

Heard call number E98.D2 K89 2012

 

Mann, Kristin Dutcher

The power of song : music and dance in the missions communities of Northern New Spain, 1590-1810

Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press ; Berkeley, Calif. : Academy of American Franciscan History, 2010

Heard call number ML210.7.N6 M36 2010

 

Shea Murphy, Jacqueline

The people have never stopped dancing : Native American modern dance histories

Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2007

Heard call number E98.D2 S46 2007

 

Vanasse, Deb

Lucy’s dance

Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, c2011

Heard call number PS3572.A645 L83 2011