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|Stefanie O'Connor is a Senior at Kent State University at Stark. For her senior honors thesis, Stefanie chose to embrace her Native American heritage and write about the different dances of the Lakota, Cherokee, Shawnee and Dine.The exhibit is located in the library's main display case and on the second floor. It will be available through out the month of November.
|In the late 1950's, early 1960's Mike's father Donald, along with a friend started an Indian Dance Team at the Alliance YMCA. Below is a picture of Stefanie's Grandfather Donald, standing in the top row, second from the left and Mike is on the bottom row second from the right at the YMCA.
Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs
Publication Date: 1994-11-28
One day Alice C. Fletcher realized that "unlike my Indian friends, I was an alien, a stranger in my native land." But while living with the Indians and pursuing her ethnological studies she felt that "the plants, the trees, the clouds and all things had become vocal with human hopes, fears, and supplications." This famous statement comes directly from the preface of this book and was later etched on her tombstone. "I have arranged these dances and games with native songs in order that our young people may recognize, enjoy and share in the spirit of the olden life upon this continent," she wrote. Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs is a collection that conveys the pleasure and meaning of music and play and rhythmic movement for American Indians. Many of the activities here described are adapted from ceremonials and sports. Included is a "drama in five dances" celebrating the life of corn. "Calling the Flowers" is an appeal to spirits dwelling underground to join the dancers. Still another dramatic dance, with accompanying songs, petitions clouds to leave the sky. The Festival of Joy, an ancient Omaha ceremony, is centered on a sacred tree. In the second part Indian ball games and games of hazard and guessing are set forth, as well as the popular hoop and javelin game. Fletcher closes with a section on Indian names.
The Dance of Person and Place
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
Ever since first contact with Europeans, American Indian stories about how the world is have been regarded as interesting objects of study, but also as childish and savage, philosophically curious and ethically monstrous. Using the writings of early ethnographers and cultural anthropologists, early narratives told or written by Indians, and scholarly work by contemporary Native writers and philosophers, Shawnee philosopher Thomas M. Norton-Smith develops a rational reconstruction of American Indian philosophy as a dance of person and place. He views Native philosophy through the lens of a culturally sophisticated constructivism grounded in the work of contemporary American analytic philosopher Nelson Goodman, in which descriptions of the world (or world versions) satisfying certain criteria construct actual worldswords make worlds. Ultimately, Norton-Smith argues that the Native ways of organizing experiences with spoken words and other performances construct real worlds as robustly as their Western counterparts, and, in so doing, he helps to bridge the chasm between Western and American Indian philosophical traditions.
|"Grown men can learn from very little children—for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show them many things that older people miss." Black Elk
|This necklace was hand made by Stefanie's grandfather. The claws are made out of wood to look like bear claws.
|Above is a set of handmade ankel bracelets and a baby moccasin. Both can be viewed in the library's main display case.
American Indian Thought
Publication Date: 2003-12-08
This book brings together a diverse group of American Indian thinkers to discuss traditional and contemporary philosophies and philosophical issues. Covers American Indian thinking on issues concerning time, place, history, science, law, religion, nationhood, and art. Features newly commissioned essays by authors of American Indian descent. Includes a comprehensive bibliography to aid in research and inspire further reading.
Indian Dances of North America
Publication Date: 1989-05-15
Many thousands of persons here and abroad have been introduced to authentic Indian dancing through the Laubin’s dance concerts, lectures, and seminars. Their admirers, as well as other dancers, anthropologists, historians, students of Indian culture, and Indians themselves, will welcome this informative and richly illustrated book. It is based upon a lifetime of study and research, including years the authors spent living with the Indians on or near their reservations (they are adopted Sioux). The authors have been told by the old chiefs, #147;You know exactly the real Indian ways.” These survivors of the Buffalo Days appreciated the Laubins’ interest and asked them to learn and preserve the rituals, since their own young people no longer knew all their traditions. This book is the result. In addition to descriptions of the dances, the costumes, the body decorations, and the musical accompaniment, the Laubins give the cultural background of Indian dancing and a wealth of related detail. They enrich their text with many personal experiences and observations. They may have been the first non-Indians to appreciate fully the integral role of dancing in the traditional life patterns of the Indians, a role only recently recognize by scholars in the field. Through their deep understanding of their adopted people the Laubins clear way through misinterpretation and prejudice to a new appreciation of the American Indian.