Imperato, Pascal James. Contemporary adapted dances among the Dogon

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: 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. Dogon (FA16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Acculturation and culture contact (177); Death (760); Dance (535); 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.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 18

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. fa16-018

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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). 1968-1969

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, Mali

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Dogons (African people)


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