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Simon Ortiz's Men on the Moon (Campbell & Rodarte)

Native American Dancing

Research Native American ceremonial dance practices and connect them, if you can, to the stories or storytelling style in Men on the Moon. What is traditional Pueblo dancing? What does it look like? What are the purposes behind the practice? Where is it currently performed? 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.)