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date: 18 September 2020

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This chapter examines the contributions of hip-hop art forms to contemporary urban thought and cultural expression among Native Americans. It argues that the infusion of hip-hop art forms such as b-boying and b-girling within Native communities, arose from struggle and a need for a movement that would both represent and inspire social change. Ialso explore the appeal of hip-hop for Native youth, the concept of “Indigenous motion,” and the significance of dancing “between the break beats.” Finally, this chapter discusses the roles of resistance, struggle, and the dismantling of colonialism within the collective voices of Native hip-hop artists. In particular, it considers how A Tribe Called Red (ATCR), a Native American music and video collective, disseminates Native sounds and images both aurally and visually via virtual fan communities on YouTube.

Keywords: hip-hop, cultural expression, Native Americans, b-boying, b-girling, Indigenous motion, dancing, break beats, hip-hop artists, A Tribe Called Red

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