Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Lynne S. McNeill
This thesis examines the role of the semiotic concept ostension in folk dance, specifically in Native American hoop dance. Although the discipline of folklore is well-versed in ostension, folk dance has not been examined through this lens. I argue that dance is a form of ostension, of demonstrating a narrative, and this is especially apparent within Native American hoop dancing. I begin with a brief history of Native Americans in North America before discussing the origins of powwows, intertribal culture, and hoop dance. I then look at both the sacred nature and material culture of the modern hoop dance before establishing hoop dance as a form of ostension.
George, Emma, "The Sacred Circle: Ostension in Native American Hoop Dancing" (2020). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1456.
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