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Theatrical aspects of ancient * rituals Concepts: possession, impersonation, entertainment Case studies: Hopi kachinas , Korean kut * still performed today
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Map: southwest U.S.
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Origins of American civilization 30,000 years ago the first ancestors of today’s Native Americans arrived in North America pre-Columbian culture (i.e., before Columbus’s 1492 “discovery” of America) Pueblo Indians include Zuni and Hopi ritual dramas started ~ 5000 BCE when hunting shifted to agriculture
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Hopi kachina (or katsina ) kachinas = unseen supernatural spirits (ancestors, elements, nature, animals, concepts) in Pueblo cosmology (Hopis’ 250+ spirits live upon San Francisco Peaks in AZ) kachinas = masked members of the tribe who embody kachinas in religious ceremonies kachinas = cottonwood-carved dolls that represent the performers for the education of Hopi children and the entertainment of tourists
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Kachina dolls
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kiva (underground chamber reached by ladder)
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