Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Native American Indigeneity through Danza in University of California Powwows: A Decolonized Approach
by Gutierrez Masini, Jessica Margarita, M.A., University of California, Riverside, 2018, 82; 10935692
Abstract (Summary)

Since the mid-1970s, the indigenous ritual dance known as Danza has had a profound impact on the self-identification and concept of space in Xicana communities, but how is this practice received in the powwow space? My project broadly explores how studentorganized powwows at UC Davis, UC Riverside, and UC San Diego (UCSD), are decolonizing spaces for teaching and learning about Native American identities. Drawing on Beverly Diamond’s alliance studies approach (2007), which illuminates the importance of social relationships across space and time, as well as my engagement in these powwows, I trace real and imagined connections between Danza and powwow cultures. Today, powwows are intertribal social events organized by committees and coordinated with their local native communities. Powwows not only have restorative abilities to create community for those who perform, attend, and coordinate them, but they are only a small glimpse of the broader socio-political networks that take place throughout the powwow circuit. By inviting and opening the powwow space to indigeneity across borders, the University of California not only accurately reflects its own native student body who put on the event, but speak to the growing understanding of "Native American" both north and south of the United States border. Ultimately, I argue an alliance studies approach to historical ethnography and community-based methodologies in music research are crucial, especially in the case of indigenous communities, who are committed to the survival and production of cultural knowledge embedded in music and dance practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Przybylski, Liz
Commitee: Ritter, Jonathan, Wong, Deborah
School: University of California, Riverside
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Latin American Studies, Native American studies
Keywords: Danza, Decolonization, Ethnomusicology, Native American, Powwow, Xicana
Publication Number: 10935692
ISBN: 978-0-438-89657-4
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