The Sacred Circle: Ostension in Native American Hoop Dancing

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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. In constructing my argument, I focus on interviewing dancers who have experience with the hoop dance. As such, I interviewed four dancers at the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest held in Phoenix, Arizona, in February of 2019. These are included along with another ten interviews I conducted previously with the Brigham Young University Living Legends dance team. My key texts for examining powwow and intertribal culture include Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-wow by Tara Browner (2004), and Indians and Wannabes: Native American Powwow Dancing in the Northeast and Beyond by Ann Axtmann (2015). Ostension and its role in dance is explored in relation to “Folklore as Expressed in the Dance in Tonga” by Kaeppler (1967), and “Does the Word ‘Dog’ Bite? Ostensive Action: A Means of Legend-Telling” by Linda Dégh and Vázsonyi (1983). 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.

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ABSTRACT …………………………………………………………………………………………………………3
PUBLIC ABSTRACT ……………………………………………………………………………………………4
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ……………………………………………………………………………………..5
INTRODUCTION ………………………………………………………………………………………………..7
A BRIEF HISTORY OF INDIAN COUNTRY ………………………………………………………..9
INTERTRIBAL CULTURE …………………………………………………………………………………12
HISTORY OF THE HOOP DANCE …………………………………………………………………….. 16
THE SACRED NATURE OF THE HOOP …………………………………………………………….18
ORIGIN STORIES OF THE HOOP DANCE …………………………………………………………21
THE MATERIAL CULTURE OF THE HOOP DANCE ………………………………………….25
HOOP DANCE AND OSTENSION ………………………………………………………………………35
CONCLUSION ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 44
BIBLIOGRAPHY ………………………………………………………………………………………………..47
LIST OF IMAGES ……………………………………………………………………………………………….51

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Emma George

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