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Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Campbell, Lafortune, Rodarte)

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Native American Dancing

Research Native American ceremonial dance practices and connect them to the role that dancing plays in The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. What is ghostdancing? What is fancydancing? What dance styles, if any, does the Couer d’Alene tribe practice? What significant things can we learn about Native American tribes and tribal practices from examining their dance styles? In other words, how does such dancing reflect key cultural values, beliefs,and/or practices of certain Native American tribes? (Be specific about which tribes’ values are reflected in which dances and why that’s so.)


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