Indigenous Dance and the Nation: Conflation and Metonymy

Patrick, Declan (2015) Indigenous Dance and the Nation: Conflation and Metonymy. Te Kaharoa, 8 (1). pp. 73-86. ISSN 1178-6035

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It is interesting, as a Kiwi living in Europe, to understand the ways in which New Zealand is perceived to those outside its borders. When I tell people I am from Aotearoa, their immediate reaction is to identify the country with images: beautiful scenery, the Lord of the Rings movies, sheep, and in particular rugby and the Haka. This ubiquitous image of the All Blacks performing a particular sequence of movement and sound before executing a performance of skill and strategy within the strict confines of an improvisational game is one explored by Stephen Jackson and Brendan Hokowhitu in their 2002 article Sports, Tribes and Technology: The New Zealand All Black Haka and the Politics of Identity. They suggest the conflation of rugby, the Haka and national identity is a deliberate representational strategy. While Jackson and Hokowhitu concentrate on the commercial aspects of this strategy, there is also a strong and present governmental presence within these representational strategies also.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: The journal in which this article was published is an open access journal, with copyright of the individual articles remaining with the authors.
Keywords: practice-as-research
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Drama,Dance and Performance Studies (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Rachel Foster
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 16:12
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 00:51

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