The Performance of Indigeneity

Lead Research Organisation: University of Aberdeen
Department Name: School of Social Science

Abstract

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Description This project consists of a short, focussed field research in combination with an international seminar devoted to advance our understanding of indigeneity and aboriginal rights. The heart of the project consists of a twelve month study of two ritual performances among Totonac in Eastern Mexico to be conducted by Dr. Ellison. The field study will investigate how these dances have taken on new meanings in a context of inter-ethnic tensions and the negotiation of indigenous autonomy through 'sustainable development' projects. Its aims are: (1)To document and interpret important recently revitalised highland Totonac rituals known as the 'Voladores' and 'Huehues' dances; (2)To retrieve archival documentation of the development of these ritual performances from 1850 to the present; (3)To contextualise these ritual performances in the perspective of other political and ecological developments in the region; (4)To archive images and texts relating to the ritual in a publicly accessible archive. The field research is contextualised within a broad comparative research programme at the University of Aberdeen devoted to the understanding of performance, landscape and indigenous rights. The research will conclude with an international seminar in Aberdeen. Our collective goal is to use ethnographic description to address current debates on political ecology and human-nature relationships.
Sectors Creative Economy,Leisure Activities/ including Sports/ Recreation and Tourism,Culture/ Heritage/ Museums and Collections

 
Description International Worksop, "Performing indigeneity", Max Planck Institute, Halle, Germany 19-21 January 2012. Organizers: Joseph Long and Nicolas Ellison 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This intenrational seminar led to a discussion about further types and styles of research and publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL https://www.eth.mpg.de/pubs/institute-reports/pdf/mpi-eth-institute-report-sonderausgabe-2012-2013-v...
 
Description The Performance of Indigeneity, International Seminar, Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, 9-10 June 2009. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a key event that attracted speakers from around the UK and led to work on an edited book
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009