Abstract and Keywords
Folklore’s contributions to the study of Native American expressive culture have been particularly significant in the areas of genre, emic analysis, performance and the individual, with some of the most extensive work focusing on oral narrative. These studies lay bare the forms, structures, themes, and aesthetics constructed through the creative act and process of performance in its situational and cultural contexts. However, underlying the emic approaches to individual case studies is a comparative move, measured in its application and approach, that provides a path to addressing areas of cultural renewal, intercultural communication and borrowing, and political protest that unite as well as distinguish indigenous peoples. Although the field is well positioned to do so, it has taken little advantage of moving beyond canonical genres. Renewed focus on aesthetics and a new focus on daily life provide productive avenues for future work.
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