Sweet grass visions: the combination of trickster and theatre for the transmission of culture
LccE 98 D8 F57 1994
LcshIndians of North America - Drama
Indians of North America - Education
Drama in education
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AbstractThis study examines the idea that a theatre experience which explores the trickster character in Native stories is an effective medium for the transmission of culture. The trickster character is central in Native storytelling and is an important medium for the education of Native children. The trickster character is especially suited to theatrical incorporation because of his multidimensional characteristics, partly supernatural and partly human. He is a creator, a transformer, a culture hero, a teacher, and, a remnant of the past and primitive psyche of human beings. Theatre, like the trickster, is also multidimensional and complex. Theatre can be used to transcend time and cultural boundaries. Both theatre and the trickster can be used to make explicit complex ideas and concepts. This study demonstrates that Native urban people acquire an understanding of dominant Native cultural values by creating and performing a trickster/theatre piece.
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