A Celebration of Impurity? Locating Syncretism and Hybridity in Native Canadian Theatre

Schäfer, Henning
June 2004
Textual Studies in Canada;Summer2004, Issue 17, p79
Academic Journal
The article examines the usefulness of theoretical tools of postcolonial studies for the study of Native Canadian theater. Hybridity, syncretism, or similar terms that criticize notions of a pure, authentic culture are key concepts of postcolonial studies and are most widely used in Native plays. Native people are the minority in their own country, have lost many of their traditions and languages, and are still living under colonial rule, their cultural identity is shaped by a forced hybridity that they cannot escape. Native theatre is a part of a collective therapy for a traumatized culture. Although much of pre-contact culture, traditions, languages, values, are lost, Native people are still trying to re-construct a supposedly pure and authentic Native identity.


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