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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Imperato, Pascal James
Contemporary adapted dances among the Dogon
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
African arts -- Vol. 5, no. 1
Published By: Original publisher
African arts -- Vol. 5, no. 1
Los Angeles: African Studies Center, University of
California, Los Angeles. 1971. 28-33, 68-72, 84 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Pascal James Imperato
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Representative art (532);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is an account of the adaptation of traditional Dogon
masked dances for presentation as theatrical performances to visitors, especially tourists.
Traditionally, masked dances were part and parcel of larger ceremonials, such as the death
anniversary ceremony (dama). As ritual events the dances were imbued with meaning by the
associated myth and symbolism. But as theatrical performances, the author explains, they
are devoid of any traditional meaning. The adapted dances have been simplified and been
more rigorously choreographed. Certain parts of the dances have been eliminated, other
parts have been made more spectacular, depending upon the tourists' preferences. Included
in the source are several plates depicting the masks, and several snap shots of the dances
in progress. The myth and symbolism underlying the traditional ritual performance of the
dances are described in some detail, as are the accompanying music and song. An account of
the secret Sigui language, used in songs during the dances, and which is the vehicle by
which myths are passed from one generation of men to the next, is also provided. Finally,
the author shows the relation between adaptation of the masked dances and broader
sociocultural changes which have taken place in Dogon society.
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Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
March 1967-March 1971
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Physician, Government Official-5
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Christopher Latham ; 1988
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Sanga, Bandiagara Circle, Mopti Region,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dogons (African people)